Survival Shelters

Last week I took some year 4 pupils from Talavera Junior School out into Rushmoor Bottom to learn about survival. The pupils got stuck in to experimenting with building different shelters in the woodlands out of sticks, moss and leaves. Later on we explored ways they could collect water, including a transpiration sill. Then in true Blue Peter Style, we stumbled across a clear plastic bag tied around a tree branch, that I had suspiciously prepared earlier.

It was great fun encouraging the local children to explore Wellesley Woodlands, and a welcome opportunity for me to get out and about. Bizarrely it turns out I’m the only ranger silly enough to run a survival adventure for 87 children….

Senior Ranger Stuart

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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