One Small Step for Dogs

On Thursday 25th Melvyn, Tony and Andrew joined me at Blackwater Meadows to help build some dog steps down into the river, which was a first for all of us!  There was a section on a narrow bit of path where dogs have been using the bare bank to gain access to the river and since the cattle have gone on site, they have just added to the erosion.  So to keep the path safe for users and still allow dogs access, we decided that we should do some reinforcing.

Melvyn, Andrew & Tony at Dog steps, Blackwater Meadows

Melvyn, Andrew & Tony at Dog steps, Blackwater Meadows

The guys worked hard all day, eventually putting together a serviciable set of steps but unfortunately I couldn’t bring enough material to fill the hole as the trailer will only take so much.  That meant that Friday morning I dragged Andrew, Mark and George out onto site with yet another trailer load of material to finish filling in the hole and resurfacing the edge of the path leading down to it.

Dog steps half completed

Dog steps half completed

Dog steps completed

Dog steps completed

If anyone takes any pictures of their dogs in action, we’d love to see the steps being used.  Send them in to us on Facebook or to  Another big thank you to the three volunteers for giving up a day of their time to help and bringing doughnuts to keep us going!

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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  1. Pingback: Making That Small Step A Bit Bigger | BlackwaterValleyCountryside

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