Sandhurst Chelsea Fringe 2018

Join the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust for a range of activities for all to celebrate the Chelsea Fringe.

Bat Walk – Saturday 19 May

Everyone knows mammals can’t fly. Except bats. Looking and listening for these mystical creatures in a summer dusk is one of nature’s treats. Steve Bailey of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership is your guide.

Meet at 9.00 pm. Sandhurst Memorial Park in Pyes Acre car park off York Town GU47 9BN. Children welcome if accompanied by adults, please bring a torch, not suitable for dogs. Finish at approximately 10 pm.

Our Local Living Landscape – Monday 21 May

What is a joined-up landscape? Why is it important for Sandhurst and the Blackwater Valley? The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust’s Bernard Baverstock will reveal the answer when he tells you about the biodiversity within the Blackwater Valley.

7.30 pm, in the Kitty Dancy Room, Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Memorial Park, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ.

Butterfly Walk – Tuesday 22 May

Can you tell an Admiral from a Skipper, and where can you find a Painted Lady with Ringlets and Orange Tips? All can be found right on your doorstep. Follow Bernard Baverstock of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust and he will try and find them for you.

Meet in Shepherd Meadows car park, Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FH at 2.30 pm.

Finding Swifts in Sandhurst – Wednesday 23 May

Where have our swifts gone? Half of these very special birds have disappeared in the UK in just 20 years! Come for a walk with Colin Wilson to see if we can find some in Sandhurst’s streets and find out why they’re missing and how we can help save them.

Meet in the Shepherd Meadows car park, Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FH at 7.45 pm. The walk will take 1 ½ to 2 hours and will be around Sandhurst (mainly Yorktown) streets looking and listening for swifts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Saturday 26 May

Stretch your legs with Mary Ferriss and Peter Collins, in conjunction with Sandhurst Health Walks. Starting in Sandhurst, this gentle 9 km circular walk passes through heathland, pasture and forest and takes in Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve’s rolling landscape of heather, gorse and pine and part of Crowthorne Wood.

Starts at Sandhurst Library, The Broadway, Sandhurst GU47 9BL at 10 am, finish approx 12.30 pm.

BOOKING NECESSARY on www.bvct.org.uk Terms and conditions apply.

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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