Greywell Moor is an area of extremely rich fen lying along the upper reaches of the river Whitewater, despite its many years of neglect after World war Two due to the cessation of grazing. This allowed scrub and wet woodland to invade what was once a treeless fen landscape, thus reducing the area of fen, which contained many rare plants such as Marsh Helleborine, Pepper-saxifrage and Marsh Lousewort along with many invertebrates.
Fortunately, since the Hampshire Wildlife Trust began managing the reserve, large scale scrub and woodland clearance has taken place, much of it by the Hampshire Conservation Volunteers in the late eighty’s and early ninety’s, allowing the fen to regenerate again. The introduction of grazing has also helped the reserve by preventing scrub growth and the fen from becoming too dense with more competitive grasses and reeds.
Today we will be ragwort pulling & clearing small scrub and brambles that are encroaching back onto the fen and grassland that the cattle haven’t been able to deal with.
Meet at 10am by the Greywell Pumping Station. From Junction 5 of the M3 take the A287 east towards Farnham. As you come of the Junction 5 roundabout get into the outside lane of the duel carriageway and turn almost immediately right into Hook Road towards Greywell. Enter the village of Greywell and turn left into Deptford Lane opposite the Fox and Goose pub. Go over a bridge across the river and turn left into the pumping station drive. Park along the drive on the left handside.