Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater
Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities
within the area. The BVCP works to help protect the Blackwater Valley
as an open green and attractive space for the enjoyment of all.
The River Blackwater runs for approximately 30 km from the source,
near Aldershot in the south, northwards to Swallowfield and the
confluence with the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. It includes a
variety of scenery ranging from semi-urban landscapes to unspoilt
countryside. Several towns and villages lie within or close to the
Valley and it is estimated that over 300,000 people live within
2km of the River.
Today parts of the Valley are recognised for their ecological
importance, this includes the Blackwater Valley SSSI. Local planning
authorities have designated 31 areas as Wildlife Sites.
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