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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’.

Clive commemorated at Tices Meadow

Last week Stu led a task at Tices Meadow to install a memorial bench dedicated to the late Dr Clive Andrews. Clive was known to many people along the Blackwater Valley as a tireless walk leader and organiser. The bench … Continue reading

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New Volunteer Programme

BVCP Volunteer Task Programme Sept 2017

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Scraping by at Southwood Woodland

Today I’ve been out with our tractor finishing of the main meadow hay cut that Stu started on Friday.  I tackled the Common Reed (Phragmities australis) at the wetter end, which I’m pleased to say that after 3 dry days … Continue reading

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Southwood Seed Drive

On a previous Sunday, I was joined by the budding Southwood volunteers for our monthly task. However, unlike the usual routine, this month we were undertaking the collection of Bluebell seeds as part of the Blackwater Valley Trust woodland wildflowers project. Southwood … Continue reading

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Preparing for Rivers Week

This evening I’ve been inspecting the River Blackwater by Swan Lake Park with the South East Rivers Trust. They are kindly helping us prepare for this years Rivers Week, by supporting us with advice and the necessary Environment Agency applications.  This year we … Continue reading

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Southwood Golf Course Consultation

Rushmoor Borough Council are currently asking for peoples views on the option to convert Southwood Golf Course into new natural open parkland, which lies between Southwood Woodland and the Cove Brook. To find out more and have your say on the … Continue reading

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Creative use of our large tractor

This week our hay-cutting has been rather hampered by the unseasonably wet weather, so we’ve been finding creative uses for the tractor whilst it’s on hire. Yesterday Sam helped us install a heavy log barrier at Rushmoor Bottom in Wellesley … Continue reading

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