Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust

About the organiser

Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust organises events, including walks, talks and conservation activities.

We encourage people to take part in them, to be introduced to, and educated about the Valley and its wildlife.

We have a great reputation for scenic and well organised walks, and hope you'll join us.

Related upcoming events

  • September 21, 2019 8:30 am - September 21, 2019 10:30 am

    One of the Trust's wildlife specialists, Trustee Bernard Baverstock, will lead a rare opportunity to see some of our smallest British mammals.

    We will be examining live catching traps to discover what small mammals are living in the undergrowth in part of Moor Green Lakes Reserve.

    The event will last approximately two hours.

    Accompanied children are welcome, but no dogs please.

    Booking is essential to get the location details and the chance to help with setting the traps on Thursday and Friday evenings.

    Numbers are limited so early booking is advised, but please book by 18 September.

    Booking details

  • September 21, 2019 7:15 pm - September 21, 2019 9:15 pm

    Of all the Trust's regular specialist walks, our bat walks are always the first to fill up.

    Maybe it's the combination of the expert knowledge of BVC Partnership Manager Steve Bailey and the specialist bat detector equipment, or maybe it's just the strange fascination these creatures of the night have for us.

    You'll need to bring a torch to find your way in the dark, wrap up warm, and expect to be exploring for about two hours.

    This is a great evening for all the family.

    Meet at 19.15 at Shepherd Meadows car park (off A321 Marshall Road, map ref SU 848607)

    Booking is essential and numbers are limited, so please book early.

    Booking details

  • September 21, 2019 10:00 am - September 21, 2019 1:00 pm

    Paul Sanders is an experienced local walk leader who conducts the Trust's highly popular monthly local walks.

    His walks always contain a mine of information about the history and geography of the route, as well as free refreshments along the way.

    For our Blackwater River Festival, he will be leading a special walk that covers a tributary of the Blackwater amongst other features.

    Paul's preparation is meticulous and includes regular advance checks on the route, so you will need to keep coming back for more details of this event.

    Booking is not necessary.

  • September 23, 2019 7:30 pm - September 23, 2019 9:30 pm

    A talk by the Trust's Vice-chair (and long term Valley resident) Colin Wilson entitled ‘The revival of the Blackwater Valley – 40 years and counting’

    The evening will touch upon some surprising events in the Valley’s history, how it became the recreational gem it is today, and what the future holds for it.

    It starts at 19.30 and ends at 21.30pm.

    Light refreshments will be available.

    Parking is available at the Centre car park and nearby roadside. The location of Rowhill Field Centre is Cranmore Lane, Aldershot, GU11 3BD.

    Booking is not necessary.

  • September 29, 2019 6:00 pm - September 29, 2019 11:59 pm

    As part of the Rowhill Volunteer Day after sunset you can learn about moths and moth-catching with Rowhill volunteer Martin Angel.

    Two traps are set up usually at high level on the heathland (but near enough to the Field Centre to supply cups of tea!)

    Martin will place individual moths in containers and describe those that are caught (which predominantly are released).

    Trapping can and might go on till after midnight, but you can simply turn up at the Field Centre when you like and stay as long as you want.

  • September 29, 2019 10:00 am - September 29, 2019 6:00 pm

    Come and experience a day with the volunteers at the Rowhill Nature Reserve in Cranmore Lane, Aldershot.

    Rowhill contains the source of the River Blackwater – and a whole lot more besides. It has a wide range of habitats making it very popular with walkers and local residents.

    Morning

    The Reserve Field Centre will be open from 10am and you are welcome to just turn up, bringing nothing except sturdy footwear.

    What you will do will depend on your ability to carry out physical activity – you can assist by gentle pruning, or by heavy work wearing waders in the pond, or removing invasive species. Projects on the day are likely to include widening of the main spine path, or repair of pathways and, if materials have arrived, construction of a new boardwalk.

    Afternoon

    The Field Centre will be open from about 1pm for teas and coffees - and possibly a barbecue, depending on numbers - until the evening when the moth survey will start.