Hawley Primary School explore Hawley Meadows

Ninety young people from Hawley Primary School came out to explore Hawley Meadows last week. They had a lovely sunny day learning about river beasties with Laura, life-cycles with Phil from Yateley and rivers with me. I showed them historic photos of Hawley Meadows, and they worked out that over 60% of the river was suspiciously straight and man-made, as part of the river diversion when they built the Blackwater Valley Road. They had a great time, with some random surprise running around the meadow thrown in for good measure. One of our students Dannie had a go at teaching the 3rd class, and went down very well with the young people (photo).

Also Laura rescued a hedgehog in our yard who was tangled round wire, and carefully rehomed him (photo).

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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