Environmental Endeavours

Our continued tasks to remove Floating Pennywort from the Blackwater River, have been recognised by the Environment Agency, who passed on their thanks for all our hard work. We’ve also mapped the distribution to allow us and our partners to better target and control this invasive non-native species.

If you would like to help reduce the spread of Floating Pennywort and similar species, then check out the Plant Wise  campaign to raise awareness of the risks from introducing some plants into the countryside.

Also Stop the Spread gives useful ideas for biosecurity to reduce accidental spreading of damaging species between different lakes and rivers. For example any equipment we used for the Floating Pennywort (like buckets, waders and our boat) were very carefully decontaminated after each task.

Thank you to Jenny and the volunteers for all their hard work.

Senior 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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