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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’.

New Volunteer Programme June 2019

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this June 2019. BVCP Volunteer Task Programme June 2019 Whats tasks are being run near you? This months tasks feature path cutting and construction. General … Continue reading

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Ash Green Meadow Access

Recently I have been lucky enough to have had the BVCP (Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership) volunteers with me at our new S.A.N.G (Suitable alternative Natural Greenspace) site at Ash Green Meadows. The main purpose for the two tasks was to re … Continue reading

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The First Signs of Success

Whilst out chipping with Assistant Ranger Matt and Student Josh we stumbled across some fresh new spring growth peaking through the woodland floor in Puckridge, Wellesley Woodlands.  These signs of life are from the hard work Ranger Jenny and the … Continue reading

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New Volunteer Programme May 2019

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks in May 2019. Click on the link if you would like to know whats going on in an area near you: BVCP Volunteer Task Programme … Continue reading

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Prickly Problem Becomes Princely Prize

On the 19th March the BVC Volunteers joined Matt, Stu and I in the car park at the junction of Queen’s Avenue and Prince’s Avenue, Aldershot to tackle an overgrown, long neglected hawthorn hedge that borders an MOD car park. … Continue reading

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Women In Construction Careers Event at Wellesley

Grainger Plc, which is building new homes at Wellesley, Aldershot, ran a Women in Construction Careers Event in March to inspire female students from local colleges to consider a career in construction, and to dispel the myth that it is … Continue reading

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Enterprising Equines

On Dartmoor mounted rangers have worked for several years, where they clear the military live firing ranges of livestock and people, to ensure everyone is safe. At Blackwater Valley we’re always looking for innovative ways to increase our sustainability, like … Continue reading

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