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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 Fire Wood Poster

Once a month our hard working, dedicated volunteers spend the day processing wood to be sold to the public as fire wood. The money we receive is then used to further conserve and manage our sites, working in partnership with … Continue reading

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Out with the old, in with the view

This winter the Blackwater Valley crew returned to Darby Green Pond to follow up on the success of last years tasks. The Parrot’s Feather we began removing in 2017 has been significantly fought back. The volunteers doned the waterproof gloves … Continue reading

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Jabbering Bats at Rowhill

If you’re interested in bats, then next Thursday 10th Jan there’s a talk about Bats in the New Forest hosted at the Rowhill Field Centre in Aldershot. Please click on the poster link below for more information. Bats in the … Continue reading

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The three little Hog Homes at Ash Green Meadows.

Thursday 20th, it was our last task before Christmas and we had the fun of building three hedgehog houses at one of our newer sites Ash Green Meadows. In separate teams we made our three little hog homes. One out … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

Today Bobbie & I headed down to Rowhill for a spot of playing with chainsaws and a winch to clear windthrown ash trees, that were hung up over one of the paths. Thank you very much to James for lending … Continue reading

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Wonderful Wellesley Wreaths

On the 19th December 26 people joined Bobbie and I in Rushmoor Bottom at the base of the Wellington Statue for our now annual Wreath making event. With volunteer made woven wreaths, holly, ivy, pine cones, hemlock, moss and other … Continue reading

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Claycart Steps and Revetment

Last Thursday, on a very frosty morning, Stu and myself were at Claycart with Mike and Paul to install some steps. This is part of ongoing work at Wellesley to improve the safety of the site as more people use it … Continue reading

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