Conservation day with Sholing Valleys


Last Sunday our friends at Sholing Valleys in Southampton were running one of their monthly conservation days. This is a great opportunity to get involved and help out keep a beautiful area in Southampton, one of it’s hidden jewels, looking wonderful.  Last year Miller’s Pond in Sholing Valleys was awarded Nature Reserve status and the group was also awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Ducks at Miller's Pond, Sholing Valleys

Ducks at Miller’s Pond, Sholing Valleys

The Sholing Valleys group are engaged in a wide range of conservation activities to help sustain the bio-diversity of the area.  They are coppicing and planting and the results of their work are really starting to show.

The woods at Sholing Valleys

The woods at Sholing Valleys

After visiting the ducks at the Pond, I helped out with a litter pick and managed to collect a bag full of litter from around the area.  An abandoned bicycle had just been dumped in the woods which I managed to collect to be disposed of.

Colin Oliphant, chairman of Sholing Valleys - here hard at work!

Colin Oliphant, chairman of Sholing Valleys – here hard at work!

It’s always rewarding going along to help out with one of their conservation days – especially as a free lunch is provided for volunteers.  For more details check out their website at http://www.sholingvalleys.hampshire.org.uk/index.html.  Their next day for conservation volunteers to get stuck in is Sunday 24th March from 10.30am to 3pm so why not go along and get stuck in!

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