Volunteers get to work at Romsey’s newest nature reserve

Volunteers get to work at Romsey’s newest nature reserve

A group of 13 Wildlife Trust volunteers met for the first time to mark the start of the restoration of Fishlake Meadows nature reserve, near Romsey.

If left unchecked, the scrub would take over large areas of reed bed, and crowd out the open habitats that make this a wildlife haven for so many special species. Scrub management is a key part of the work to improve the site for wildlife, which the Wildlife Trust plans to carry out on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council.

It was a beautiful sunny day but still chilly - though this didn’t slow the volunteers down one bit, and they were all chomping at the bit to get started. With bowsaws and loppers in hand the group headed out in to the wet meadows to clear scrub that has begun to encroach in to the open areas.

Roger Sambrook, Wildlife Trust volunteer said “It was good to experience first-hand what the Wildlife Trust is doing and has already done to enhance what is a magnificent asset on our doorstep. It is also reassuring to know the future of the reserve is in good hands under the management of the Wildlife Trust.”

Jo Armson, Wildlife Trust Reserves Officer said: “The volunteers made short work of the first patch and really enjoyed making a dead hedge with the cut material. Throughout the work party it was lovely to hear all the volunteers chatting away, getting to know each other, and showing great teamwork.”

Two more work parties are arranged for this winter, which are already full. There will then be an evening meeting for people to discover the other volunteering opportunities, followed by some dates for work parties through the spring and summer. If you would like to hear more about volunteering at Fishlake Meadows and are keen to get involved, please contact volunteer@hiwwt.org.uk.