Student experience of BVCP

Comments from one of our recent student volunteers;

“Through my three weeks at Blackwater Valley Countryside, I took the role of assisting the rangers in their duties, ranging from strimming grass, brush cutting and helping out with the volunteers to help loading up the tools. All the rangers were fantastic in helping me learn how to use new equipment and good enough to tell me if I was doing it wrong! I enjoyed getting the practical ranger experience, from managing a site to digging out a stuck truck. The whole ranger experience. Trying to keep up with the work load that was expected of the industry was challenging, but was rewarding when it was completed. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Blackwater Valley Countryside; as a nugget of wisdom to any that are interested, be prepared to get dirty and work hard! ”

Aaron, Sparsholt College Student


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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