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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Beautiful Southern Hawker by our wildlife pond today! #southernhawker #dragonfly #insect #aeshnacyanea #beautiful #sogreen #pondlife
Laying hedges with some fantastic volunteers today. Hedge laying is an important part of hedgerow management, it not only prolongs the life of the shrubs/ trees growing in it but also keeps the hedge thick which in turn provides shelter and nesting opportunities for wildlife. #hedgerow #hedgelaying #hedgelayers #bestvols #conservation #hedgerowmaintenance #volunteers #ancientcrafts #woodlands #conservationgroup #stourvalley #wildlife #wildlifecorridors #scrub #bournemouth #traditionalcrafts #happy #habitat
Today we made hedgehogs with Nature Tots out of clay, pine cones and natural bits we collected from the arboretum. #fun #naturetots #littletots #littlehedgehog #clay #crafts #makingthings #hibernation #natureclub #dayinlifrofaranger #pineconeanimal #autumn #sosweet
Mist, dewdrops and sunlight beautiful morning along the River Stour at both Stour Valley and Millham's Mead LNRs #mistymorning #autumninal #dewdrops #webs #mist #beautiful #greatdaytogetoutside  #nature #earlymorning #riverstour #Stourvalley #Millhamsmead @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouthecho @visitbournemouth
Taking an old rotten bench out, putting a new one in and burning brash on a bonfire~all in the day of a countryside ranger. #bonfire #habitatmanagement #newbench #woodwork #seat #memorialbench #volunteers #harddayswork #outdoors #labour #kinsoncommon #digging #bestdiggers #grafting
Our lovely sunflowers in our wildlife garden are beginning to flower. These cheery yellow flowers are full of nectar for the bees and also provide seeds for hungry birds. 🌻 #sunflowers #happyflower #soyellow #beautiful #bees #nectar #wildlifegarden #birdfood #stourvalley #kingfisherbarn #bournemouth #wildflowers
A brilliant day with the volunteers fixing fences and clearing Birch saplings from a bog habitat. The cows appreciated our work and there were still lots of butterflies about,  including this Speckled Wood and Small Copper. #volunteer #volunteering #thebest #fences #cow #butterfly #smallcopper #speckledwood #kinsoncommon #getoutdoors #naturereserve #dayinlifeofaranger #workinghard #habitats #conservation #shetland #bournemouth
Beautiful hornet on our moth trap this morning. Fantastic animals and not as aggressive as the common wasp. #impressive #hornet #insectsofinstagram #preppingfortakeoff
Our Monday morning health walkers out for a stroll. #health #healthwalk #bodyandmind #mentalhealth #getfit #stourvalley #strolling #flowers #bournemouth #guidedwalk
Getting ready for Sunday's biobliz #earlymorningbirdwalk #mothtrap #flowersandtrees #riversidewalk #fish #riverdipping #dragonsanddamsels #minibeasts #bats #reptilesandamphibians #hopingforgoodweather #comeandjoinus #familyfun #doyourownminibioblitz
Some very cool fungi today in the woods at Stour Valley Nature Reserve. Beef Steak Fungus and Chicken of the Woods. Typical to their names, one very convincingly looks like a steak and even bleeds when cut and the other is known to taste a bit like chicken when eaten. Both of these are bracket fungi, which means they grow on the trunk of dead or living trees forming shelf like projections. #fungi #mushroom #fungus #polypore #sulphurshelf #chickenofthwoods #beefsteakfungus #Laetiporus #Fistulinahepatica #guidedwalk #stourvalley #woodlands #parasites #trees #oaks #fruitbodies #bournemouth #knowyourmushrooms #organism
An absolutely brilliant two days of work with our volunteer group clearing overhanging branches on Turbary Common. We make sure we cut the branches cleanly and close to the trunk so the tree can heal over the wound and continue healthy growth. Here are all of our volunteers in action! #treeteam #ateam #acheyarmsnow #thebest #harddayswork #volunteer #allvolunteers #practical #conservation #treemanagement #lovetrees #heath #loveyournaturereserve #turbarycommon #pathwidening #sawing #pruning #regeneration #bournemouth #allinadayswork #arb