Launching the Blackwater Valley River Festival 2019

Blackwater Valley Couuntryside Trust (BVCT) are celebrating 40 years in the valley by hosting a River Festival along the length of the Blackwater Valley from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th September.

Full events listings and information on booking can be found at The BVCT website

You can meet the Rangers from Blackwater Valley Countryside and get involved in some practical river conservation at the following events:

Tuesday 24th  September: Claycart Woods, Aldershot 

Our Rangers and volunteers will be clearing invasive scrub to open up a flash on the Basingstoke Canal in Wellesley Woodlands. This task will provide a great waterside habitat for animals such as dragonflies who use this SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). We’ll be working on the shore with some boat paddling for those intrepid volunteers.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at Claycart Carpark on north side of A323 Fleet Road, opposite Rushmoor Road. Link to site on a map.

Thursday 26th September:  Tices Meadow, Aldershot

Our Rangers and volunteers will be cutting back Willow saplings and scrub to let light into the to the river diversion to improve the habitat. The task will be a mix of work dry land and some work where welly’s are recommended.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at the main entrance gate at Pea Bridge where Badshot Lea Road crosses the River Blackwater. Link to site on a map

Friday 27th September: Hawley Meadows

Our Rangers and volunteers will be  working with the Environment Agency to continue our programme of installing woody debris in the River Blackwater to increase the biodiversity. There’ll be cutting faggots on shore with others in waders fixing them in the channel.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at the Hawley Meadows car park, on the A331 in Frimley, opposite Watchmoor Park. Link to site on a map

 

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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