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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’.

Hedge-laying complete at Moor Green Lakes

Last week six volunteer leaders and students joined Jenny and I to finish off the hedge-laying at Moor Green Lakes. Everyone did a fantastic job building on the section we’d already laid with the volunteers on the 31st January task. Over … Continue reading

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Workshop with a view

On the Southwood task today I’ve been sharpening chainsaws ready for clearing up more storm-blown trees next week. My improvised work bench certainly has a pretty view. Later Paul H popped down to check on our work, coming down in … Continue reading

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Moor Green Lakes Work Party – clearing scrub near Grove Hide

On Sunday 12th February we had our penultimate work party of the winter clearing scrub, birch and willow from around the acidic scrape near Grove Hide. With an excellent turnout of 19, volunteer leader Jane got us all well organised … Continue reading

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Responsive tree felling

This afternoon Jenny, Laura and I have been out clearing up some of the trees blown over by the storm. Thankfully the winds subsided later on so it was safe for us to go out and tackle one in Prince’s … Continue reading

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Swan Lake Path Improvements

Before and after transformation At the beginning of the year Blackwater Valley Rangers and Volunteers began the tough job of improving the path at Swan Lake Park in Sandhurst. With the path at 900m long, 2m wide and a whopping 12 inch ditch to … Continue reading

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More Green Meadow

Yesterday the volunteers, Jenny and I headed down to Moor Green Lakes to cut back one of the scrub islands on the north east corner of Colebrook Lake North. It’s important to retain this meadow which is awash with betony in … Continue reading

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Tices Tuesday Task

This week our usual volunteer group joined the group at Tices meadow to created a team 19 people strong including Andy and I. It was a beautiful day and there was even time for a spot of bird watching.  Armed … Continue reading

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