Hiding from smitten smew

On Friday Sparsholt College students Gerry and Josh lent a hand at Moor Green Lake and repaired Grove Hide. Whilst hiding we were rewarded with a tame kingfisher and some unusual ducks including a goldeneye and shoveller. Thanks to a couple of members who lent us their scope, we were lucky to get a good view of a male smew – a striking white diving duck with black highlights.

Students Josh & Gerry hiding

Students Josh & Gerry hiding

Ranger Stuart

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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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