Author Archives: blackwatervalleycountryside

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’.

Upkeep of North Farnborough Gate

Bobbie and I arrived to meet the volunteers and after setting up our base camp we received our site brief. Focusing mainly on being aware we would be working near some main roads and keeping hydrated and taking breaks when … Continue reading

Posted in Access, BV path, Volunteers | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tongham in Bloom

As we prepare for the arrival of the judges from Guildford in Bloom, nine of the volunteers from Tongham Wood Improvement Group (TWIG) met up for the July task. Great thanks goes to the BVCP, who on Friday took their … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Tongham Wood, Volunteers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Tractors descend on Wellesley

On Friday Stu and I headed up to Rushmoor Bottom to mow the field by the Wellington Statue, which was a good opportunity to use both our tractors. Senior Ranger Stuart

Posted in Wellesley Woodlands | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cutting the way

On Thursday 12 July I was joined by Paul, Mike, Eric, Matt and Ed at Chalk Farm, Wellesley Woodlands to cut back the paths and remove brambles from around the saplings planted roughly 4 years ago.  Matt, Ed and Mike … Continue reading

Posted in Access, Conservation, Education, Volunteers, Wellesley Woodlands, Wildlife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wellesley Woodland Hay cut

  Yesterday Blackwater Valley started its hay cutting. First on the list was Rushmoor Bottom Stream Meadow. We use our shared tractor to do most of our hay cuts, we also hire in the Amazone cut and collect. The smaller sites are  cut using our … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Sites, Wellesley Woodlands | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ticks – Staying Safe This Summer

Now we’re into the warm summer, it’s useful to know how to keep safe from ticks and reduce the possibility of catching Lyme Disease when you’re exploring the countryside. Only a small number of ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause … Continue reading

Posted in General Information | Leave a comment

Our Phone is back!

BT have fixed our mainline so it’s back in action again!

Posted in Ash Lock, General Information | Tagged | Leave a comment