There’s a river there somewhere…

Chris Bean, one of our volunteers, was out on Christmas Eve at Hawley Meadows and got some fabulous shots of the flooding.  I met a few people out there on that Tuesday who were surprised at the extent of the flooding and I believe this is one of the highest levels we’ve seen at Hawley.Panorama Hawley Meadows Flooding at Hawley Flooding at Hawley Flooding at Hawley

The rest of today Ranger Stuart and I, plus one brave student, are heading out to deal with the trees that have been brought down in the wind over the holiday period.

Assistant Ranger Laura

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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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