Category: July 2018

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 Training- 28th July

River Warden Training


River Warden Training- 28th July

On Saturday July 28th, we hosted our third River Warden training event, training 2 volunteers from the Welland catchment. Our River Wardens will help us monitor and protect the River Welland.

Each River Warden group will ‘adopt’ a stretch of river to suit their mobility, interests and location. Wardens will undertake periodic checks and monitoring of their adopted river stretch. On each visit the wardens will survey and record:

  1. Invertebrate biodiversity
  2. Water quality (testing for nitrate, phosphate, acidity, ammonia, and temperature)
  3. Invasive species (e.g. Signal crayfish)
  4. Important wildlife sightings (e.g. Otters)

Litter Picking Stations- Spalding

Litter Picking Stations


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We are pleased to announce the deployment of three Litter Picking Stations along the River Welland in Spalding.

Working with the Spalding Riverside Forum, we raised funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, and we purchased the boards from 2MinuteBeachClean.

The boards come with a built in litter picker, and will hopefully encourage river walkers and local residents to help keep the riverside area free from litter. 80% of the plastic in our oceans comes from land based sources, transported there via our rivers! We want cleaner rivers for cleaner coasts and everyone can help!

Tree Maintenance

Tree Maintenance


Tree maintenance

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped us and the Leics Wildlife Trust weed the trees that were planted back in February. Trees planted alongside a river are fantastic natural flood management structures, slowing the flow of surface water, and increasing infiltration into the soil.

Our aim was to pull the weeds and grass growing within the tree guards, therefore removing competition for the trees, helping them to grow.

River Warden Training- 17/07/2018

River Warden Training


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On Tuesday July 17th, we joined the Environment Agency to help train a new River Warden group, comprising members of the Welland Mayfly Fishing Club. Our River Wardens will help us monitor and protect the River Welland.

Each River Warden group will ‘adopt’ a stretch of river to suit their mobility, interests and location. Wardens will undertake periodic checks and monitoring of their adopted river stretch. On each visit the wardens will survey and record:

  1. Invertebrate biodiversity
  2. Water quality (testing for nitrate, phosphate, acidity, ammonia, and temperature)
  3. Invasive species (e.g. Signal crayfish)
  4. Important wildlife sightings (e.g. Otters)

River Warden Training

River Warden Training


River Warden Training- 14th July

On Saturday July 14th, we hosted our first River Warden training event, training 16 volunteers from 6 different regions within the Welland catchment. Our River Wardens will help us monitor and protect the River Welland.

Each River Warden group will ‘adopt’ a stretch of river to suit their mobility, interests and location. Wardens will undertake periodic checks and monitoring of their adopted river stretch. On each visit the wardens will survey and record:

  1. Invertebrate biodiversity
  2. Water quality (testing for nitrate, phosphate, acidity, ammonia, and temperature)
  3. Invasive species (e.g. Signal crayfish)
  4. Important wildlife sightings (e.g. Otters)

Bug Hunting in the Welland

Bug Hunting in the Welland


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On July 9th, we joined the Bourne Cubs for river-netting and insect identification in the River Welland through Market Deeping.

18 Scouts got their pond nets wet in the river, and we managed to catch and identify some great indicator species for ‘clean’ freshwater. These included the cased caddis fly larvae, the damselfly larvae and freshwater shrimp. Thanks to all the children for getting stuck in and for showing such enthusiasm for river insects.