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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’.

Volunteer Leader Update: Hide Maintenance

This month volunteer leader Jane led a task at Moor Green Lakes to clear in front of both Grove Lake hide and viewing slot. Fellow volunteer leader Duncan and sixteen volunteers turned up to help, including 3 young adults. Reeds, bramble … Continue reading

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Tices Lizard Watch

Whilst I was at Tices a few week back I made friends with this little fella. I think he came to me for a ride on the little tractor as I went on my merry way mowing around the Bat cave … Continue reading

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Fun things to do with a tractor no. 4

Today Jenny, Sam & I have been working at Pennefathers, and coming up with inventive uses for the tractor. Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

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Phone working again

Great news. Our office phone is working again. 01252 331353

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River Restoration along the Blackwater Valley

From the 19th to 21st September we hosted three consecutive tasks as part of the Loddon Catchment Partnership Rivers Week. It was a huge success with a total of 22 volunteers helping out, enabling us to restore 370m of river and … Continue reading

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Roving Round Royal Oak Valley 

Today Sam and I were joined by 14 volunteers working up in Yateley on the hidden Royal Oak Valley. We were joined by Nick and Callum from Hart District Council (HDC) to give us a substantial workforce to tackle the wet meadow. We … Continue reading

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Tices Bat cave.

On Wednesday I took our little tractor over to Tices meadow. The purpose of the task is to try to help improve the area around the Bat cave at the far end of the site. This section was used by … Continue reading

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