Stour Valley Rangers

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We look after five main nature reserves in North Bournemouth. Here is a little bit of what we and our fabulous volunteers get up to. 😊

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Lovely day burning lots of scrub with our fantastic volunteers. Plus two pretty butterflies spotted along the way.#byebyeblackthorn #scrubmanagement #loveourjobs #volunteers #fires #bonfires #butterflies #smallcopper #pretty #rangers #winterworks  #sunnydays #autumn #conservation #opengrassland #pretty #skyline #bournemouth #cherrytree #stourvalleynaturereserve
Today we were helping our colleagues at Iford meadows to clear saplings. Great wildlife and views along the river #sunnyday #nature #outdoors #wildlife #riverside #beautifullandscape #ifordmeadows #harvestman #gardenspider #river #cygnet #instagood #wildlifeofinstagram #instadaily #loveourjob #ranger #countryside #freshair
Good day doing lots of pole-sawing and clearing lots of overhanging branches from paths. #mondays #lotsofbranches #trees #polesaw #stilh #rangers #green #winter #millhams #bournemouth #sawing #bitofamess #clearingup#pathclearing #winterworks #naturereserve #coppicing #pollarding
Busy day - cows, volunteer hedgelaying plus lots of pond dipping back at the Visitor Centre 🙂 #gooddayswork #countryside #volunteer #cowsofinstagram #grazing #ponddipping #invertebrates #dragonfly #fun #hardwork #worthit #loveourjob #rangers #dorsetwildlifetrust #instagood #instadaily #cows #buglife #whatsinyourpond
First fire of the season with our volunteers. 🔥 Here they are cutting and burning Oak, Blackthorn and Willow saplings,  which if left will colonise this wildflower meadow. #volunteers #getoutside #active #countryside #bonfire #kinson #conservation #workinghard #meadow #habitats #rangers #happy #bournemouth #justalittlebitsiggy #thebest
Good day for a bit of indoor moth trapping identification with our wonderful conservation volunteer Margaret! Lots of autumnal moth species including Cyprus Pug, Dusky Thorn and Lunar Underwing. #moths #rainydays #insects #lepidotera #wings #autumn #volunteer #id #identification #mothtrapping #kingfisherbarn #stourvalleynaturereserve #bournemouth #rangers #wildlife #nature #conservation
It maybe a rainy afternoon but there's still lots of autumnal insects about like this Comma. 🦋 Notice it's little cream comma symbol on it's underwing by which it gets its name. #butterfly #comma #autumn #insects #blackberries #brambles #kinson #scrub #butterflies #bournemouth #heathland #wildlife #insta #naturephotography
Pretty rainbow over Turbary Common this morning whilst doing our doggy pit stop. 🐶 #turbary #heathland #gorse #rainbows #pitstop #bournemouth #weather #pretty #colour #multicolour #🌈 #autumn #weathersystems #outdoors #rangers
Volunteer work party on Kinson Common - cutting back our fire break, clearing drain culverts and mending the steps #workinghard #volunteering #manyhandsmakelightwork #goodteamwork #allinadayswork #invaluable #countrysidemanagement #firebreak #importantwork #clearing #repairing #goodasnew #instagood #instadaily #conservation #lifeofaranger #neveradullmoment #culvert #maintenance #gottabedone #wadersaresoflattering #brushcutter #strimming
The Heather and Gorse are giving off a magnificent colour display on our Heathland sites at the moment, just before autumn sets in. #colours #loveourheaths #rarehabitat #heather #gorse #pinks #yellows #bournemouth #endofsummer #natural #plants #flora #beautiful #perfectmatch #complimentary #heathland #exploredorset #swisbest #naturereserve
Our vols working hard pulling the last of the ragwort plus a hornet stealing a spiders lunch and amazing clouds before a storm #loveourjob #lifeofaranger #ragwortpulling #volunteers #greatjob #hornet #thief #blueskies #amazingclouds #stormcomingin #wonderfulnature #amazingwildlife #nature #countryside #instadaily #nofilter
Our rarebreed Shetland and Belted Galloway cattle enjoying a spot of shade this morning under our old Oak trees. #rarebreeds #cows #oaktrees #summer #fields #old #beltedgalloway #shetland #shade #blueskies #resting #livestock #bournemouth #stourvalley #naturephotography #relaxing #cattle #conservationgrazing