Shinfield Volunteer Countryside Warden

At the Swallowfield Show a member of the Shinfield Parish Volunteer Group approached us asking whether we would mind advertising for a new volunteer position which has just become available with them, so if you live near Shinfield and want to get involved, keep reading.

‘The need has arisen for a volunteer Countryside Warden to work with Shinfield Volunteers.
The initial brief is to identify areas of special interest and, with the assistance of other volunteers, lead efforts to manage, promote, and publicise Shinfield’s wildlife heritage.

Eventually it is hoped to undertake detailed surveys of the local ecology, record sites of wildlife interest and monitor the progress of existing habitat management plans for local wildlife sites, but one step at a time.

If you h ave an active interest in local natural flora and fauna and are interested in developing this rewarding role, or would like to assist, please get in touch with Phil on 01189 882804.’

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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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