Author: Welland Rivers Trust

River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


River Wardens

On September 8th, we joined one of our newly trained River Warden groups at the Eye Brook in Allexton, 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).

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 Clean Up

River Litter Pick and Clean Up


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On July 26th, I joined the Market Harborough Environment Group for their monthly litter-pick of the River Welland as it flows through Market Harborough town. Compared to last year, we are seeing a large reduction in the amount of waste and rubbish being pulled from the river each month. It appears as though the litter picking efforts are really making a difference!

River Warden Surveying

River Warden Surveying


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On July 26th, we joined one of our newly trained River Warden groups at the River Welland in Market Harborough, 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


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.