Awash with woodland wildflowers

Laura & I have been on a course to learn how to promote woodland wildflowers through creation on glades and dappled shade. It will be interesting to develop these management techniques along the valley like Southwood & Wellesley Woodlands. At Chinthurst Hill we saw a host of woodland wildflowers, like the photo below with; lesser selendine (bottom left), forget-me-not, native bluebell and wild primrose (hidden top right).

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Also we found the delicate pignut with tiny pale flower clusters.

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And finally a few wood sorrell.

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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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