After a year of lockdown, we are excited to announce that Loddon Rivers Week is back for 2021 – Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th September.
To manage numbers, you must book onto any event you wish to attend. Booking information is provided below under each event as there are several different organisers.
Saturday 18th September
Restoration Event at Charvil Meadows
Location: Charvil Meadows Backwater
In September 2020, the South East Rivers Trust and partners created a backwater refuge for fish needing shelter along the river Loddon. At this restoration event, we’ll be planting native vegetation on the banks of the backwater to kickstart growth as well as adding gravel to improve the habitat nearby. Find out more about the backwater creation project HERE.
Wednesday 22nd September
River Restoration on the Whitewater
Location: Bassetts Mead Nature Reserve.
We’re continuing our restoration work at this popular Local Nature Reserve, managed by Hants & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This year, supported by Hook Parish Council, we will be replenishing gravels that provide valuable fish spawning beds, and are the basis of the habitats that are home to the invertebrates like mayflies, providing food for fish populations and the beautiful demoiselles that brighten our days.
Thursday 23rd September
Floating Pennywort Clearance
Location: Wyndhams Pool, Common Park, Yateley, GU46 6AW.
A day event removing the invasive species Floating Pennywort from the margins stillwater to prevent spread to downstream areas of the catchment. Please bring old clothes and be prepared to get damp and muddy.
For more information and to book, please register as a “Sites – North” volunteer through Hants County Council HERE. Please follow this up with an email to email@example.com and Jean.Cheadle@hants.gov.uk to let them know it’s this event specifically you’d like to attend.
Friday 24th September
Water Hawthorn Safari
Location: River Blackwater at Lakeside Nature Reserve. Meet at Car park off Lakeside Rd, Ash Vale, Aldershot GU12 5AA.
A walk along the Blackwater starting at Lakeside Nature Reserve, the prime objective would be to assess the current extent of the spread of Water Hawthorn (an inappropriate plant species) in the River Blackwater.
Friday 24th September
Hawley Meadows Bat Walk
Location: Hawley Meadows
An evening walk alongside the River Blackwater looking for creatures of the night. Suitable for ages 7 upward. Please bring a torch. Sorry not suitable for dogs.
Meeting point: Car park off A331 Camberley (map here)
Grid reference SU861 591 and what 3 words palace.slugs.leathers
For more information and to book, please email Bernard@BVCT.org.uk stating names and contact details of those who wish to attend.
Saturday 25th September
Emm Brook Guided Walk (AM and PM)
Location: Riverside Park, Woosehill, Wokingham.
Time: 11.00- 13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Join SERT and on the banks of the Emm Brook as it flows through Riverside Park in Woosehill. This is your chance to discover the Emm Brook’s hidden potential. What is a palaeochannel? Why are meanders important? What is causing barriers for wildlife? What are SERT’s plans for improving the river for wildlife and people? For more information or to book your place, please visit www.southeastriverstrust.org/events and complete the booking form for this event. This project is funded by European Structural and Investment Funds and by the Environment Agency.