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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’.

Mowing Blackwater Meadows

Last week the BVCP Rangers enlisted the help of the Robomower. This time at Blackwater Meadows to reduce the amount of bramble and other scrub taking over the SSSI meadows.   The meadows are designated SSSI because they support rich plant … Continue reading

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Lakeside Bridge Repair

Today I was joined by Bobbie and Sam at the Lakeside Bridge. I have been in talks with Surrey County Council to try to secure funding for the bridge repair at Lakeside Park. Surrey County Council had the bridge surveyed before … Continue reading

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New Verdant Volunteer Programme

Volunteer Task Programme March Senior Ranger Stuart

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St Georges Road Steps & Path

On Thursday last week I was joined by Mike from the BVCV at St Georges Road to help remove some old redundant rabbit fence. Whilst there we also scraped and blew the path which as you can see from the … Continue reading

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Lakeside Walk report

On Saturday we were greeted with clear skies and a lovely morning for the first of this year’s walk programme. Thirty of us met at Lakeside Park for a six mile ramble which used to be a straightforward walk up … Continue reading

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Moor Green Lakes Work Party – Clearing Tern Island

After postponing the Tern Island task from December due to bad weather, everyone was delighted when we woke up to a sunny but cold and breezy morning with 22 eager volunteers. Stuart turned up with boat and motor and was soon ferrying … Continue reading

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Damp Day At Gerrys

On Tuesday I was not so lucky with the weather, the only way to explain it was the day was very wet. That being said I was surprisingly joined by 7 of the Tuesday BVCV at Gerrys. The main task of the day … Continue reading

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