Aqueduct Antics

Today the volunteers joined us and Stu B. to cut back the Blackwater Valley Path through Lakeside Nature Reserve and over the Aqueduct of the Basingstoke Canal.  It was great to have so much help cutting back the paths and replacing broken fencing. There was an interesting moment when I got Nasher (our ride-on-brushcutter) stuck trying to squeeze between a metal slalom – it turns out it’s bigger than our previous brushcutter. So thanks to Stu B. for not laughing too much…

A soggy Tony strimming

A soggy Tony strimming

Aqueduct ramp by Lakeside

Aqueduct ramp by Lakeside

New lease of life for path

New lease of life for path

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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