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A lovely walk along the lovely Blackwater river with 4 caches to be found, as well as clues to be collected on the way for a multi at the end.
CONGRATS TO emandden FOR THE FTF :)
This series of caches is our first and has been set out to celebrate my Wife Louise’s 40th Birthday on 12th Sept(hence the odd female names of the caches – they are all her first/middle name!)
The area has many happy memories for me playing over here as a child before The Meadows shopping centre and section of the A321 along here were built.
Total distance if you do all 5 caches (inc multi) is approx 2.7 miles and the route takes you in a loop.
Parking easiest at N51 20.328 W000 47.031 where there is the Shepherd Meadow Car Park which is free and has lots of spaces. The terrain is flat but can get wet/muddy sometimes as this is a flood plain area.
Shepherd Meadows and Sandhurst Memorial Park are Green Flag award winning neighbouring sites on the River Blackwater in Sandhurst. They are open to the public and provide a range of facilities and attractions for a variety of formal and informal activities. The site lies along the River Blackwater between Sandhurst and Blackwater and encompasses land both in Hampshire and Berkshire.
Shepherd Meadows is part of the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to important meadows and wildlife.
Flower-rich meadows are now rare and about one quarter of the species associated with herb-rich grassland in Berkshire can be found at Shepherd Meadows.
The meadows become a carpet of wild flowers and plants during the spring and summer months, with:
The meadows are also rich in animal, insect and birdlife. There are over 600 insect and bird species to be found such as:
- Devil's Bit Scabious
- Birds-foot Trefoil
The River Blackwater also attracts many waterfowl and wading birds, we have often seen a Heron here when we have visited.
- Meadow Pipit
- Spotted Flycatcher
Shepherd Meadows is named after wildlife artist David Shepherd and consists of 40 hectares (100 acres) of wet meadows and woodlands which is managed by Bracknell Forest Council for its wildlife value.
To find out more about this area then you can visit Bracknell Forest Council Website at Bracknell Forest Council
The caches have been placed here with the very kind permission of Bracknell Council and The Blackwater Valley Conservation team. Special thanks to the Site Ranger who has been very helpful with the planning and getting permissions for the caches.
As the area is of Special Scientific Interest please can you ensure that you do not stray away from the paths. The cache locations are all very close to the path and whilst they are camouflaged, they should still be easy to find. The sizes of the containers vary but there are no micros hidden in the dreaded ivy! There is no need to venture far away and please do not pick any of the wild flowers.
Whilst you are here why not check out The Raspberry Walkies Series at Sandhurst Memorial Park which is next door and has a great play area for the kids.
This cache is in a small clip box with room for small swaps and travel bugs/coins. Please replace it carefully and ensure it is hidden from the path.
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