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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’.

Stumping the Valley

We’ve now been working on the stumpery project alongside the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust for over a year now on the Stag Beetle Stumperies and we’re pleased with our results so far.  We will keep adding to the collection gradually as … Continue reading

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New Volunteer Programme Published

Here is our new conservation task programme. Volunteer task programme April to May 2017 Ranger Stuart      

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So Much Chocolate!

Yesterday morning Wellesley Woodlands held its first Easter Egg Hunt around the Wellington Statue and as we had never held it before, we were relieved to see nearly 250 people turn up to have a go! Which one would you … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Up at Swan Lake this morning on a tree safety survey, the tree blossom was blooming on the Blackthorn and wild Crab Apples. Ranger Stuart

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Mytchett Community Come Together for Pond Restoration

Last week I was joined by local volunteers at Mytchett Community Centre to give their pond a spring clean. The pond had been left to nature but now, thanks to Tara, her family and Mychett Community Centre Group, a restoration … Continue reading

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Restored path at Queen Elizabeth Park 

Yesterday the volunteers joined Laura, Jenny & I to cut back the southern path at Queen Elizabeth Park by Farnborough Station. Over the last couple of years we’ve been working west from the A325, cutting back laurel that has been encroaching … Continue reading

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River Blackwater Success Video

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