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Press releases issued 2011  

18th November

Winter Wildfowl Walk

If you’re interested in wildfowl such as Gadwall, Wigeon, Goosander and Shoveler, now is the best time to get out into the Blackwater Valley and see them, so join a special guided walk on Thursday 8th December led by Colin Wilson.
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15th November

Good Weather for Ducks

If you’re interested in birds in general and wildfowl in particular then come along to a talk, given by Colin Wilson of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust (BVCT), on Thursday 24th November and find out more about the many winter visitors that can be seen in the Blackwater Valley.
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28th October

Walk this Way

For once why not start off your week with some fresh air and exercise by joining a circular walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walker’s Link on Monday 14th November.
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6th October

Half Term Story Trail

Does your child like stories? Then ome along to Hawley Meadows on Sunday 23rd October at 10.30am to join a special free Story Trail for some fun, fresh air and fables!
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5th October

Up, Down and Around Farnham

Experience four remarkably different landscapes on this guided walk up, down and around the Farnham area on Friday 21st October, organised by the Blackwater Valley Walkers’ Link.
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3rd October

Simply charming !!

The British are known for their eccentricities so when the first South of England heat for the World Worm Charming Championships took place at King’s International College in Camberley on Saturday 1st October the atmosphere was one of fun and joie de vivre.
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16th September

New All-weather Surface for Local Path

Resurfacing work on a busy stretch of the Blackwater Valley Path from the Heron Wood estate to Aldershot Park has just been completed and will be officially ‘opened’ by the Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Alex Crawford on Tuesday 27th September.
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30th August

Blackwater Valley Bats

If you’ve never seen a bat swooping low to catch an insect in the half light after dusk you’ve missed out on an unforgettable experience. Why not come along and learn about the bats found in the Blackwater Valley on a special bat walk from Aldershot Park on Friday 23rd September, led by Steve Bailey of the Blackwater Valley Countryside.
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26th August

Bats of the Blackwater Valley

There’s no doubt about it, bats are fascinating and if you would like to learn more about the bats found in the Blackwater Valley and to see some of them join a Bat Walk from Sandhurst Memorial Park on Friday 16th September led by Steve Bailey of the Blackwater Valley Countryside.
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26th August

Round Lakes and Ridges

Join the Blackwater Valley Walker’s Link on Wednesday 14th September for a pleasant circular walk taking in the River Blackwater, Finchampstead Ridges and the lakes, woods and countryside in-between.
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17th August

Worm Wizards Wanted

A quite unique ‘sporting’ event will be held in Camberley on Saturday 1st October – something that’s never before been seen in this part of England. It’s the South of England heat of the World Worm Charming Championships, and organisers, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust (BVCT), are looking for competitors.
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28th July

Discover Some Back Paths of Farnborough

What can be more inviting than a pleasant walk in the fresh air on a summer morning. If this appeals to you then sign up for a guided walk at your leisure on Tuesday 23rd  August with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust.
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22nd July

Aldershot Gets Ready to Go Green

Visit Aldershot town centre in Hampshire on Saturday 10th  September for a day of environmental fun. ‘Go Green in Rushmoor’ is a free community event organised by Rushmoor Borough Council.
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21st July

A Morning at Moor Green Lakes

If you like the idea of getting up close to wildlife, then come along to Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve on Sunday 21st August. There’s plenty going on during the morning, which is being run by the Moor Green Lakes Group.
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19th July

‘Home Improvements for Local Residents

Local residents of a 12-acre nature site in Farnborough can enjoy a much improved environment, thanks to the efforts of conservation charity, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust.
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7th July

‘Twixt Brook and River

Discover the green spaces in the heart of Rushmoor area on a guided walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walkers’ Link on Wednesday 20th July. 
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17th June

In Search of Dragons and Damsels...

Find out more about these fascinating creatures by joining Chris Bean on Thursday 7th July when he will be leading a walk for the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust around Colebrook Lake, part of Moor Green Lakes nature reserve.
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15th June

Explore the Blackwater Valley

Have you explored the Blackwater Valley and the many opportunities it offers for outdoor recreation? No? Then it’s time you did and the perfect introduction to what can be found in the area is a new leaflet called Explore the Blackwater Valley.
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15th June

Heathland, Hills and History

See Aldershot like you’ve never seen it before on this walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walkers’ Link on Saturday 25th June.
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13th May

Shady Byways and Red Kites

Get away from the traffic, the hustle and bustle of urban life and discover one of the most rural parts of the Blackwater Valley on a five-mile circular walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walker’s Link on Wednesday 25th May.
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4th April

On the Silchester Trail...

Get away from the traffic and the hustle and bustle of urban life and visit the site of the old Roman town of Silchester on this walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walker’s Link on Thursday 14th April.
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24th March

Bird ID in the Blackwater Valley

To help you learn the basics of bird ID, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust (BVCT) is holding a special bird identification workshop in the evening of Thursday 7th April.
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1st March

Go Wild Around Frimley

Did you know that Frimley has a ‘wild’ side? No! Well discover what it is by joining a circular walk around the area on Thursday 24th March organised by the Blackwater Valley Walkers’ Link.
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28th February

Picture Perfect

Everyone appreciates a good wildlife picture, but actually taking one requires a certain amount of technical knowhow. The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust has organised a workshop on Thursday 17th March designed to teach techniques for developing and improving wildlife photography skills.
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14th February

Conservation Group Launches Photo Competition

To encourage the 300,000 residents of the Blackwater Valley to appreciate the stunning scenery it offers, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust (BVCT) has launched its first photographic competition to find the Photographer of the Year 2011. 
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3rd February

On the Transport Trail

Retrace some of the many transport routes associated with Ash and Tongham over the centuries on a walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Walkers’ Link. This  five-mile circular walk on Thursday 24th February will link the history of transport in the area, from coach routes to the old railway, from the canal towpath to the Blackwater Valley Path.
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28th January  

Wanted New Homes for Local Birds

If you want to get involved and do something to help the birds in your local area, spend a couple of hours on Saturday 19th February with members of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust and build your own nest box, all the materials will be supplied along with guidance on what you need to do.
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26th January

Birds, Birds, Birds...

Gadwalls and Grebes. Cormorants and Kingfishers. What kind of birds are on the flooded gravel pits and adjacent managed meadow land at Frimley Hatches at this time of year? Come and find out by joining a special guided bird walk organised by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust on Thursday 10th February.
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21st January

On the Right Lines

The traditional craft of hedgelaying, is again being carried out by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership (BVCP) and Surrey Hedgelaying Group. For the past four years the BVCP has been laying unmanaged hedges along the south of the Blackwater Valley as part of Surrey County Councils Road Verge Habitat Action plan and also to improve the landscape of the Valley.
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14th January

The Blackwater Valley Path Challenge

If you enjoy walking but have always thought four or five miles is the most you could do in one go, why not give yourself a challenge and join a longer but organised walk.  There is a suitable route that straddles the borders of Hampshire,  Surrey and Berkshire, although it’s 23 miles long it follows the route of the River Blackwater and offers excellent walking as it is fairly flat and passes through a variety of different landscapes.
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