Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership BVCP


Volunteer - Snaky Lane Local Nature Reserve

Come and join our group of conservation volunteers to help manage this little gem of a site in Ash Vale.

We meet on the first Sunday of the month for conservation tasks and are usually on site from 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m., although feel free to join us for any length of time even if just for a cuppa!

We undertake a number of conservation projects at Snaky Lane and are keen for volunteers who enjoy the outdoors to join our friendly group.  We aim to improve our 7-acre reserve, which includes wildflower meadows, pond and hedgerows, for the benefit of wildlife and local residents.  We graze the reserve with cattle, sheep and donkeys and this adds an extra dimension for our volunteers in addition to the usual maintenance of footpaths, tree planting, fence maintenance, etc.  No specific skills are required, and advice and training will be given where required.

Please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SnakyLane/ for more information or register an interest in volunteering via the application form on this site.

Mission Statement

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts who are passionate about the people and wildlife of the Blackwater Valley.

We are a registered charity, with seven dedicated Trustees using their wide range of backgrounds to help conserve and improve its natural environment. This includes managing its countryside, preserving its wildlife habitats and landscapes by making conservation projects happen.

We also organise events, including walks, talks and conservation activities, and encourage the public to take part in them, educating people about, and introducing them to, the Valley and its wildlife.

In short, we do anything we can to make the Blackwater Valley a better place to live and visit.

Our aims

Our aims are to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:

  1. Promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
  2. Involving people in their valley and the wildlife on their doorstep
  3. Identifying improvement ideas, creating projects and raising funds to progress them
  4. Encouraging a sense of belonging in the Blackwater Valley