All The Fun Of The Fayre

On Saturday 9th July hundreds flocked to the Blackwater & Hawley Fayre once again, under a cloudy but otherwise near perfect summer sky.

Ready to open.

Ready to open.

Both members of the Trust and Rangers from the Partnership manned the stall throughout the day so we could answer as many questions as possible about the valley.  Everyone that visited the Blackwater Valley Countryside marquee went away with something:  Whether it was having experienced pond dipping, learning about stag beetles or more general information about the Valley, no one was disappointed.

Valuable feedback was gained from the public towards mapping sightings of stag beetles in the area, that will be used to support the BVCT’s Stag Beetle Habitat Appeal Project 2016.  So thank you to everyone that stopped by.

Jenny teaching all about the bugs

Jenny teaching all about the bugs

How many kids can you get pond dipping at once?

How many kids can you get pond dipping at once?


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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