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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’.

Successful path cut at Farnborough Gate

On Tuesday we were unexpectedly at Farnborough Gate due to a change in task plans. As you will see from the photos this was a benefit as the path did need a good bit of TLC. It was a lovely … Continue reading

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Change of location for Volunteer task tomorrow 09/07/19

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the location and the activity of the volunteer task tomorrow. We try to avoid doing so as much as possible but on this occasion it is unavoidable. The task (was Queens … Continue reading

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New Volunteer Programme July 2019

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this July 2019. BVCP Volunteer Task Programme July 2019 What tasks are being run near you? This months tasks feature several sites we don’t often … Continue reading

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Paving the way to improve Ash Green Meadow

Ash Green Meadows has had a new lease of life this week thanks to our dedicated Rangers and Volunteers. In the SW corner wildlife area, the surfaced path and boardwalk loop had a grass section, which could become muddy and … Continue reading

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Holly Lodge Animal Explorers at Snaky Lane

This week sixty year 5 pupils from Holly Lodge Primary School joined us at Snaky Lane Local Nature Reserve to survey the animals. The children counted birds then charged around with sweep nets  to unearth wildlife in the meadow, including … Continue reading

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Blackwater Valley Rangers and volunteers take-on Invasive Species!

Invasive non-native species harm the environment and wildlife, are costly to the economy, and can even pose a risk to our health and way of life. During Invasive Species Week (13-17 May), organisations across the UK, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the … Continue reading

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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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