Category: August 2018

River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


Welham

On August 21st, we joined one of our newly trained River Warden group at the River Welland in Welham, and we undertook a river monitoring survey at the site. This included a kick sample of the river to identify the aquatic invertebrate species in the river, as well as a survey of the nutrients levels in the river (e.g. Nitrate, Phosphate and Ammonia).

Gravel Insertion into the River Gwash

Gravel Insertion into the River Gwash


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On August 15th, we joined the Gwash Fishing Club and The Wild Trout Trust to insert gravel into the River Gwash, creating important invertebrate habitat and fish spawning sites. Increased habitat features in the Gwash will support greater biodiversity of invertebrate and fish species, which will support a whole host of wildlife, and will support the fishing industry.

This work is part of our on-going efforts to improve the River Welland and its tributaries for both people and wildlife to enjoy.

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River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


Crays

We recently met up with our River Wardens in Market Harborough to conduct a river survey of the Welland. Unfortunately, we inadvertently caught a couple of young signal crayfish!

In the U.K. our native white-clawed crayfish are being killed off by American signal crayfish which were introduced to the UK in the 1970s.Unfortunately, the white-clawed crayfish are no longer present in the Welland.

Please see the following link for further information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-37225797

Market Harborough Summer Fayer

Market Harborough Summer Fayer


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On Sunday August 12th, we set up an education stall at the Market Harborough Summer Fayer. Conducting a kick sample in the nearby River Welland, we were displaying the aquatic invertebrates living in the river, and educating the public about the Welland Rivers Trust and our work.

We hope all of our visitors enjoyed learning about their local river!!!

 

River Restoration Training

River Restoration Training


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On August 10th, we joined the Wild Trout Trust in the River Shep (Cambridgeshire) to deliver a range of river restoration techniques including:

-Introducing flow deflectors to encourage scouring of the river bed to reduce silt build up.

-Introducing woody vegetation ledges (see picture) to encourage marginal plant growth, and to narrow the river channel. This will work to energise the river during the low-flow summer months, and will discourage silt build up.

River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


Stamford

On August 3rd, we joined one of our newly trained River Warden groups at the River Welland in Stamford, and we undertook the first river monitoring survey at the site. This included a kick sample of the river to identify the aquatic invertebrate species in the river, as well as a survey of the nutrients levels in the river (e.g. Nitrate, Phosphate and Ammonia).

River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


Canoe

On August 1st, we joined our newly trained River Wardens at the River Welland in Deeping St James. As this Warden group has access to river canoes and kayaks, we went out on the river to locate a suitable location for river monitoring. We managed to locate a site that was shallow enough to allow for kick sampling in the river, and with a suitable bank location for invertebrate identification.

Job Vacancy: Welland Project Officer

website headerThe Trusts:

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (formerly the Game Conservancy Trust) is an independent charity that conducts scientific research into Britain’s game and other wildlife.  We advise farmers and land-owners on improving wildlife habitat and we lobby for agricultural and conservation policies based on science. Additionally, the GWCT run courses, conferences and seminars.

The Allerton Project is the GWCT’s lowland Research and Demonstration farm based on an 800 acre estate in East Leicestershire (www.gwct.org.uk/allerton).  The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an active member of the Welland Valley Partnership, which is a steering group that includes local authorities, charities, and businesses. The Welland Valley Partnership is chaired by the Welland Rivers Trust.

The Welland Rivers Trust is a Limited Company with charitable status, dedicated to conservation, restoration and education within the Welland river basin. The Trust has been working with a number of partners in recent years to carry out projects to improve the river and its catchment and to prepare an action plan which addresses the problems faced by the river and its catchment (www.wellandriverstrust.org.uk).

Job Vacancy: Welland Project Officer

Location: The post holder will be based at GWCT Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire, LE7 9XE

Primary objectives: To manage funding, strategic development and delivery of projects to conserve, protect and restore the waters of the River Welland throughout its whole catchment. To deliver this the post holder will:

  • Raise funds for continuing and future works
  • Work with communities and landowners, including the further development of the community-based River Warden scheme
  • Deliver monitoring and sampling regimes at project sites
  • Develop interventions for river and habitat restoration, arranging contractors to deliver certain capital works, managing contactors and volunteers
  • Report the progress of works to key stakeholders and promote more widely through social media

Person Specification: The post holder must demonstrate a keen desire to improve the total environment of the Welland catchment and involve communities and agencies in these projects. Good interpersonal and communication skills are vital in engaging all groups from schools and youth organisations from parish to local councils, from the Environment Agency to adjacent Rivers Trusts and Partnerships.

Essential Skills: The candidate will need to demonstrate that they are:

  • An excellent organiser
  • A good networker
  • Good at creating and engaging interest
  • A self-manager and planner

With

  • Knowledge and experience of the work required to develop funding bids
  • IT skills (Microsoft packages, email, web management, Facebook Twitter editor)
  • A passion for the environment
  • Full driving licence and own car (insured for business use)

Desirable Skills

  • Academic training in a related environmental/geographical/biological science (preferably in freshwater ecosystems)
  • Experience of administration/ organisation of environmental projects
  • Experience of working with community groups

Main duties and Responsibilities:

  • To report to the Welland Rivers Trust Board of Trustees and the Welland Valley Partnership
  • To organise and minute Catchment Partnership meetings
  • To develop, deliver and manage practical river restoration works at a variety of sites across the Welland catchment
  • To submit high-quality funding applications to raise money for project delivery and salary expenses
  • To work with community groups and landowners, and where necessary tenants, to develop working relationships and the delivery of interventions
  • To ensure that project plans are adhered to and that the works are delivered by contractors and/or volunteers in accordance with all relevant legislation, within budget, on time and within the aims of the relevant project
  • To collate data and information from various citizen science groups which will add to the baseline data for improving water quality and increasing biodiversity in and around the River Welland and its tributaries

Hours of work: 37.5 hours/week (5 days)

Salary: £22,000 pa

Holiday: 22 days per annum (Jan-Dec) plus bank holidays

Benefits: Contributory Private Healthcare plan and pension scheme

Applications: The first closing date for receipt of applications (including a current CV, with explanatory letter plus names and addresses of two referees) is October 12th Applications will still be considered after that date until a candidate is recruited. Interviews have been provisionally set for early November and will be held at Loddington.  Send by email to Peter Barham peterjbarham@googlemail.com.