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Bollin Valley Partnership - What is Happening in the Bollin Valley

July 2022
Invading species

BB forage Mottram July22June and July are the optimum months to tackle the Himalayan Balsam in the valley. As there is so much to do, we involve as many people as possible in the form of community groups, corporate volunteers, scouts/guides and the general public. This year we trialled a couple of events where balsam bashers were rewarded for their hard work with a heavily discounted foraging workshop. Pictured here are the lucky balsam bashers on the Mottram Forage who were treated to cake and refreshments (using foraged ingredients) after a  balsam bashing session.



June 2022
Events in full flow

Pigginshaw vols June22This month we have seen a flurry of events finally taking place. After a break of a couple of years, due to the pandemic,  it's great to see people booking onto our vast array of events such as bats walks, ecology walks, foraging and balsam bashing. Pictured here is a volunteer event, willow weaving along the banks of the River Bollin in Styal, trying to stop the river from eroding the footpath any further. For information on our upcoming events, have a look at the events pages which will have booking links on them.



May 2022
Battling with aliens

May 22 GHThis month we have continued our annual battle with the three main invasive alien plant species in the Bollin catchment. Pictured here is Sal from BEACON spraying some Giant Hogweed in Trafford along the banks of the river Bollin.  We're able to tackle a far larger area within the same amount of time now that we are getting the plant under control. This gives us more time to try and get to grips with Himalayan Balsam which is a far trickier customer. Its great to see the vast array of native species recolonising where we have eradicated the Hogweed.


March 2022
Stormy weather

trolleys WPark2022There were so many storms this month and a lot of issues to contend with. After each storm, our rangers had to check all the countryside sites and deal with any fallen trees, hanging branches, blocked footpaths as well as any damage caused by the associated river flooding. Pictured here is ranger Nik clearing some supermarket trolleys that were causing a blockage of the river at Wilmslow Park. On this occasion, five trolleys were pulled out of the river, after being thrown over the nearby bridge or washed down by the flood waters.



February 2022
Conservation projects

Lindow dead hedge Feb22We have been undertaking numerous conservation tasks this month on all of our countryside sites. Pictured here is an example of a 'dead hedge' at Lindow Common, made up using the Birch saplings that have been pulled up to preserve the heathland habitat. The dead hedge will provide sheltered corridor for birds, amphibians and insects moving around the site. We completed this work in time for bird nesting season and hopefully, this will serve as another location for such nests.



January 2022
Winter works

Burleyhurst footpath repair Dec 21Our paths have suffered a lot over the past couple of year due to increase usage by people with more time to explore their local area. This had led to an increase in maintenance costs and a lot of pressure on the ranger service. Pictured here is a major footpath repair in Morley Green where we've had to replace the path surface which was washed away by a small stream in the heavy rain. The path is also adjacent to a very steep drop down to the Bollin so we also had to put in a substantial fence and handrail.


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