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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’.

Flash of Orange

Yesterday Jenny and I spotted an interesting moth at Southwood Woodland. It’s an Orange Underwing (Archiearis parthenias), a stunning little moth which exposes it’s bring orange hindwings when it flies. Keep your eyes peeled this March and April as it’s … Continue reading

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Stag-gering school for wildlife

On Saturday I joined parents, children and teachers at North Farnborough Infant School to rejuvenate their tired wildlife garden. The volunteers got stuck into weaving and replanting a willow igloo and creating a tower of pallets for minibeasts. Each class … Continue reading

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Spot the Spawn

With the weather nice and warm all sorts of Spring flora and fauna is being spotted throughout the Blackwater Valley. At Southwood Woodland, on our volunteer work party this past Sunday, Paul spotted this Common Frog in amongst the emerging … Continue reading

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Meadow Mapping

Yesterday Stu, Bobbie, volunteer Robert and I, headed out the Ash Green Meadows to install another 2 welcome map boards. After several months of clearing barbed wire and improving access with volunteers, it’s great to be able to build the … Continue reading

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Volunteer Task Programme March 2019

Click the link below to find out what volunteer tasks are going on in the Blackwater Valley area: BVCP Volunteer Task Programme Mar 2019

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Egg-citing events at Wellesley Woods

With a hint of Spring in the air our new Community Coordinator Nicci has been busy organising events in Wellesley Woods! Fri 22 Feb – Spring Bird Walks  We still have places on the 2pm & 3pm Spring Bird Walks … Continue reading

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Blooming Marvellous work at Ash Green Meadows

On Thursday we were tasked with installing three finger posts and a new path at Ash Green Meadows. Following a very muddy day in the rain installing a map board by the car park last Friday, we quickly realised that … Continue reading

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