Welcome to BVCT

Welcome to the website for the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust

You can turn to the ‘About’ page to find out more about our aims and objectives, but put simply we’re a group of trustees and volunteers (membership at present over 350) doing all we can to look after the South’s hidden environmental gem – the Blackwater Valley.  

We’ve grown robustly since we started in 2006 but we always need more people to get involved with our work – whether as a Trustee, a member or a volunteer. Joining is quick, easy and cheap – just click here, or here for more information about us.  

Please scroll down for the latest news, and then take a few minutes to stroll round the rest of our website. If you are one of the 300,000 people fortunate to live in the Valley, we hope it will make you want to help.

Walk the Path 2016 – smiles all round!


We counted them off, and four hours later we counted them back in again. Last Sunday (24th April) over 200 enthusiastic walkers, with pedometers and pooches, sticks and baby buggies, strolled and strode over 10 miles of the Blackwater Valley Path from the Memorial Hall in Sandhurst to end up at The Crown pub in Swallowfield.

There were smiles on every face coming up the final straight, which we like to think was because they had enjoyed the walk so much – but it might just have been the thought of something refreshing behind the bar!

Either way, the day was a resounding success for the Trust, with invaluable assistance from the BVC Partnership and numerous volunteers. A full report and photos will follow in a few days.

BVCT Small Grants Scheme
image003At our AGM last November we launched our Small Grants Scheme, to help other local community groups less well funded than ourselves to finance small projects. But nobody has taken us up!
The minimum grant is £100 and the maximum is currently £3000.  The money can be used for anything from equipment to improving access to creating new habitats. Go to the Grants tab at the top and see how easy it is.

BVCT builds new hotel chain!

Ross Bower 4Our 2016 Appeal is taking us into the construction industry. We want to create a network of habitats (known as stumperies or log pyramids) throughout the valley so Stag Beetle populations do not become isolated.

BVCP pyramidAs well as building 50 of these habitats our target is to get other local groups involved as well as recording sightings and producing a detailed report. Go to the Support Us tab at the top and see how you or your group can get involved.

18 AprilWe’re gathering momentum! Go to the Support Us page and see how many have already been built!

Tice’s Meadow Bio-Blitz – 29 April to 1st May

One of our most active local groups are holding their annual programme of bird-watching walks, bat detecting, small mammal trapping, moth trapping and bird-ringing demonstrations. Find out more at http://www.ticesmeadow.org/2016/01/spring-bioblitz.html

Have a seat!


The first bench to be installed as result of our 2015 Benches by the Blackwater Appeal went in the ground on 11th April.

See the ‘Support Us’ tab for photos.