Scout and About!

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

On the 1st of July, the scouts and I set out to remove oak saplings from the meadow. If left, these saplings will become fully grown trees and take over the site. This causes a loss in meadowland and a loss in ecological diversity. The area is home to some beautiful wildlife such as this Small Skipper (right) whom we may no longer see if the site was left to become one large woodland.


Great Burnet

Great Burnett (Sanguisorba officinalis)


A fantastic day was had by all and the scouts were incredibly diligent in every aspect of the work. We had great fun not only completing the task but taking in our surroundings and identifying other aspects of the local flora and fauna. The scouts and I were also lucky enough to come across some beautiful Great Burnet (left) nestled within the grass. A member of the rose family, Great Burnet is a rare flower that thrives in Blackwater Meadow because of the management techniques that we employ.


Thank you to the scouts and their leader, it was great fun to work with you and the help is greatly appreciated. All in all, a great day to be scout and about!

Acting Ranger Jenny


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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