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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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Laurel and Thorns 

Yesterday, 19th, in 28 degree weather, Bobbie and I were joined by Becky, Mike, John and Eric at Thorn Hill, Wellesley Woodlands, to cut back more Laurel. The central section of the woodland has been taken over by laurel which … Continue reading

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Tractoring at Tices Meadow

This week I’ve been on the tractor helping Stu out on his bridge construction project. It’s been entertaining seeing how many different jobs we can use the tractor for. I unloaded the bridge timber at Ash Lock then we drove down to … Continue reading

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Layers of Fun

At Southwood Woodland our local volunteer group have continued to improve the woodland with a task every 4th Sunday of the month. On our last task we took to planting whips (young trees) and sowing seeds to improve the biodiversity of … Continue reading

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Bridging at Tices Meadow

Today I popped down to see our staff and volunteers preparing for bridges at Tices Meadow, where we’ve been commissioned to install two pedestrian bridges over the River Blackwater. The Western Bridge is going in near the mound, to provide an … Continue reading

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Wet Wellesley Easter Egg Hunt

An early Easter this year meant the weather tried it’s best to put us off but the Blackwater Bunnies will not be deterred! (Plus it’s very hard to have 200 chocolate eggs next to your desk and resist them!)  With … Continue reading

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Spring Clean for Easter Egg Hunt

In preparation for the Easter egg hunt on Wednesday 4th, Matt, Paul, Mike and John joined me at Rushmoor Bottom to improve the path circling the Duke of Wellington Statue. To improve the sharp dip we first removed the angle iron and then built … Continue reading

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