Moor Green Lakes Group

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Moor Green Lakes Group History

For the past 50 years or so gravel has been extracted from the Blackwater Valley, stretching westward from Sandhurst to Eversley where it continues today. Moor Green Lakes is the result of restoration of part of that area. Land north of the river stretching for 2.5Km to the west of the Reserve, which is presently being worked, will ultimately become a major extension of the Reserve, more than trebling its size.

The wildlife on the Reserve has been recorded and monitored by the Moor Green Lakes Group since 1993. Nationally rare plants are present on the Reserve and the site is of local importance for wintering wildfowl. Tern Island on Colebrook Lake North has hosted one of Britain's largest inland nesting colonies of Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls.

These are just some of the key events for Moor Green Lakes. Many other jobs go unnoticed.

2022 March Colebrook Lake North Shore - Installation of a new Swift Tower

On the day of installation we already had the pole in the right location.

The pole

The pole

The hole had also been dug. This needed draining on the day as the bottom was full of water.

The hole

The hole

The swift box was attached to the pole after a game of jenga.

Attaching the box to the pole

Attaching the box to the pole

One of the rope stakes needed some final adjustments

Banding in a stake

Banging in a stake

Then began the lift, a nervous time for all. Most of the rope work is to keep the tower steady, with the winch doing the heavy lifting. It was slow but steady progress.

The big lift

The big lift

Once it was up the tower just needed concreting in. With plenty of checking how the concrete was setting.

It is up

It is finally up in position

Close up of the swift box is ready for swifts.

The swift box

The swift box

Our thanks to all those involved on the day, and also those involed in the lead up. Special mention to Duncan for managing the day, and the amazing Tony for his expert knowledge.

2018 Car Park Extension

During the course of the summer of 2018, work was undertaken to improve the Moor Green Lakes Car park. It was an increase in size, and an improved layout. Funding was provided by Moor Green Lake members with grants from Finchampstead Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council. Below are a few images of the work.

Work begins

Work begins

The first layer goes in

The first layer goes in

The gate area 1

The gate area 1

The gate area 2

The gate area 12

The finished car park looking North

The finished area looking North

The finished car park looking South

The finished area looking South

The offical opening

The offical opening in November with Councillor Roland Cundy

2014 July

Colebrook Hide - Adrian Hobbs and Tony Barnes, repaired and renovated the wheelchair extension in the hide including fixing the leaking roof. Added new seating at the back of the hide. Our thanks to Tony Barnes for his woodworking skills.

2013 Decemeber

Moor Green Lakes Group contributed to the repair of information sign near the bridleway bridge over the Blackwater water to Yateley. The original sign collapsed due to rot in the wooden legs.

2013 August

New bench installed alongside path with view of Colebrook Lake North. The bench is made of recycled plastic which will hopefully last a good many years. The bench was funded by Blackwater Vallery Countryside Trust and installed by 4 volunteers. The photo left shows Peter Scott - lead volunteer - and Geoff Hallam - volunteer - testing the bench out. Not shown Ian Adnams - resting - and Steve Arnold - taking the photo.

2009 October

A new viewing screen has been built on Grove lake. The materials were generously funded by one of our Members. The construction was carried out by employees of the software company Sage, helped by countryside students from Guildford College and led by Stuart Croft of BVCP.

2009 June

Resurfaced bridleway from Moor Green Lakes car park opens

2008 June

A viewing screen was erected on the west side of Colebrook Lake South. Materials and construction were generously provided by staff of SC Johnson as a "Community Day".

2007 June

Work on the footpath to Colebrook Hide was completed on 26th June and should enable wheelchair access all the year round. The picture shows the path before and after the resurfacing work. The cost of this work was covered by grants gratefully received from Johnson Wax and the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, with additional funding from Members donations to the Group.

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