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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’.

Ash Green Meadow Volunteer Task

This week I had the pleasure of running a new volunteer task at Ash Green Meadows, meeting at the new car park. We have recently been handed the reins from Land Trust to manage this new SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) site now known as Ash Green Meadows. Blackwater … Continue reading

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Keeping Southwood Woodland’s History Alive

  The wet weather at the start of the day wasn’t enough to deter the Southwood Woodland Improvement Group this month. Our mission was threefold and nothing could stop us not even double layers of concrete! Our main task was … Continue reading

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Ash Green Meadows gets a Boost

After a fantastic effort today from the whole Ranger Team, we’ve cleared historic rubbish to enable us to open up the new Ash Green Meadows Car Park at the end of South Lane in Ash. This car park provides parking … Continue reading

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Wellesley Autumn Ramble

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Would you like to join our Ranger Team?

There’s a new opportunity for a part time Assistant Ranger to join our team at Blackwater Valley. If you’d like to find out more please have a nose at the job advert. Senior Ranger Stuart

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Wellesley Wildlife Wander

This morning, armed with sweep nets, bug pots and a fairy sheet, I led a family wildlife walk exploring Wellesley Woodlands. It was a lovely, crisp & sunny day discovering all the work our volunteers and rangers do to promote wildlife. The … Continue reading

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November 2018 Volunteer Programme

BVCP Volunteer Task Programme Nov 2018 Follow the link above to find out how our volunteers are helping your local area and how you can get involved. Ranger Jenny

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