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Circular Walk – Eversley Church

Saturday 18th March The second of our Walk The Valley season of circular walks started and finished, as advertised, at Eversley Church.  Despite a forecast of rain, a distance 50% longer than our last walk and stiles, there was another impressive turnout as 30 people and 6 dogs met at the start, including both regular attendees and those Read More…

Tice’s Meadow Bird Walk

Saturday 25th February  2017 A group of 19 people came for a visit to the Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve, which was ably led by Richard Horton, with the help of other members from the Tice’s Meadow group. The weather had settled a bit from the storm of two days previously but it was still a little Read More…

Circular Walk – The Three Ponds of Yateley

Saturday 18th February What makes the difference between a good walk and a memorable walk? Answer – good organisation, fair weather, a pleasant route and an exceptional walk leader, in our case Paul Sanders. A record number of walkers (x50) turned up for the first of our Walk The Valley season of circular walks ‘The Three Ponds of Yateley’. Described as Read More…

AGM Packs Them In (Without Dancing Girls)

For the third year in a row we managed to attract around 60 people to our AGM. It was standing room only in the Kitty Dancy Room at Sandhurst Memorial Hall on February 16th, although Trust Chairman Mike Swaddling joked that he had briefly thought about bringing in a troupe of dancing girls to overcome Read More…

A walk around a (big) pond

November 19th 2016 At this time of year the weather is always a risk, but it smiled on us today – frosty to start but soon warmed up with not a spot of rain in sight. Led by Mike Burns and yours truly acting as back marker seventeen of us, all signed up BVCT members, did Read More…

BAT OUT OF TESCO

This little creature turned up at the Trust’s last monthly meeting, brought along by Trustee Bernard Baverstock. He had been to Tesco after having received a call that the Daubenton’s bat had been discovered in the store and just needed food and water before being released along the Blackwater River in Shepherd Meadows. Bernard is Read More…

BATTY EVENING AT SHEPHERD MEADOWS

Thanks to all the people who came on the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust Bat Walk from Shepherd Meadows car park on 9th September. About 20 enthusiastic people came including several groups with pushchairs. As in previous years on this most popular of our organised events, BVCP Manager Steve Bailey gave an introductory talk including demonstrations Read More…

Herons and Heather

Circular Walk – 20 August 2016 A couple of people had fallen ill, and others we hope were enjoying themselves on holiday, so only six willing walkers gathered at Basingstoke Canal Centre for the Trust walk on 20 August. Rain threatened, but never arrived; indeed, the sun put in an appearance. At the start we Read More…

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAYRE

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAYRE On Saturday 9th July hundreds flocked to the Hawley Fayre once again, under a cloudy but otherwise near perfect summer sky. Everyone that visited the Blackwater Valley Countryside marquee went away with something, whether it was having experienced pond dipping, learning about stag beetles or mor e general information Read More…

‘Walking for Health’ Butterfly Walks — Sandhurst

‘Walking for Health’ Butterfly Walks — Sandhurst – July 2016 The annual Walking for Health Butterfly walks produced some surprises this year. Someone from Mickle Hill arrived with a photo from her garden of a butterfly to be identified. The very beautiful specimen turned out to be a Silver Washed Fritillary. It is a large butterfly Read More…

BVCT Butterfly Walk at Fleet Pond

BVCT Butterfly Walk at Fleet Pond — 7th July 2016 We were very lucky with a lovely sunny day and the expertise of David Walton to lead the walk. The highlight just had to be the Silver Washed Fritillary; David knew exactly where to look and we had the bonus of a second in another spot. Read More…

Magic of Minley

Expected numbers was seen to be around 15 creeping towards 20. Well, Paul has a way of attracting people and we ended up with a total of 38 + 2 dogs! This must be a record for a circular walk and a nightmare for the backmarker. Yes, that’s me July 16th, 2016 Magic of Minley Paul Read More…

A Stag Do

  STAG BEETLE TALK    Friday 10 June 2016 By Hilary Godber (BVCT member)   On Friday 10 June 2016, members of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust were both educated and entertained by a fascinating talk about Stag Beetles given by Doctor Deborah Harvey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, London University.  The talk was Read More…

Sandhurst Strollers

June Circular Walk 18 June 2016: It wasn’t flaming, but it wasn’t raining either – a cool overcast day, good weather indeed, for walking. Ten Trust members met by the car park at Sandhurst Memorial Hall, and with guidance from Paul Sanders, Alan Taylor led us down to the River Blackwater and along the Path Read More…

Grantsmoor “Plugged”!

On 20th May a well-drilled team of six gathered at Grantsmoor for the follow-up reed planting (see previous news item 5th April for full details). Working in teams of two the 200-plus reed plugs were planted in double-quick time and the six were back home in time for the midday news. Thanks to Jenny and her Read More…


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