Category: June 2018

River Warden Training

River Warden Training


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We have trained our first River Warden group to help us monitor and protect the River Welland for both people and wildlife.

We joined students from Copthill School in Uffington, Lincs to train them in water-nutrient testing and invertebrate identification.

The River Warden Scheme gives people who care about the River Welland and their local environment a chance to:

– Work with the Welland Rivers Trust to provide river monitoring

– Carry out river management

– Document and report pollution and other incidents

– Involve their local community and neighbourhood in river restoration and conservation projects

– Act as a point of liaison between the Welland Rivers Trust and their local community

At the Welland Rivers Trust, we want the river to be at the heart of local communities. We believe that community involvement is key for the conservation and restoration of the River Welland and its entire catchment area.

 

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River Conservation Presentation

River Conservation Presentation


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On Thursday 28th June, we delivered a river conservation presentation to 39 Year 5 students at Copthill School in Uffington. Our presentation discussed the importance of rivers, how rivers are threatened, and how everyone can contribute to protecting rivers by making small changes at home and at work/school.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Year 5s, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the talks and learnt lots about river conservation in the process.

Bug Hunting

Bug Hunting in the Welland


On June 27th, we joined the Market Deeping Scouts for river-netting and insect identification in the River Welland through Market Deeping.

10 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.


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River Dipping

River Dipping


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To Celebrate National Insect Week, we joined the 1st Bowden Scouts on Monday June 18th for river-dipping and insect identification in the River Welland through Market Harborough.

Approximately 15 Scouts got their wellies 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 a feisty water scorpion. Thanks to all the children for getting stuck in and for showing such enthusiasm for river insects.

Open Farm Sunday- Loddington

Open Farm Sunday


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On Sunday June 10th, we joined the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust for their Open Farm Sunday event in Loddington.

Over 250 people attended the event, with many stopping by our stall to explore the insect life in the nearby stream.

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We were also asking people to fill out our anonymous questionnaire exploring people’s diets in relation to dietary phosphate- this work is following on from local research showing a negative relationship between phosphate levels in freshwater, and species richness.

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River Conservation Presentation

River Conservation Presentation


School

On Wednesday 6th June, we delivered a river conservation presentation to 60 Year 5 and 6 students at Saint Josephs Primary School in Market Harborough. Our presentation discussed the importance of rivers, how rivers are threatened, and how everyone can contribute to protecting rivers by making small changes at home and at work/school.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Year 5s and 6s, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the talks and learnt lots about river conservation in the process.

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Funding News!!

River Wardens


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Our River Warden Project has been selected to go for public voting between July and August at Tesco stores across Market Harborough.

We have applied for £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help fund to create a River Warden volunteering network across the River Welland catchment, to protect the river for both people and wildlife.

The River Warden Scheme will give people who care about the River Welland and their local environment a chance to:

– Work with the Welland Rivers Trust to provide river monitoring

– Carry out river management

– Document and report pollution and other incidents

– Involve their local community and neighbourhood in river restoration and conservation projects

– Act as a point of liaison between the Welland Rivers Trust and their local community

At the Welland Rivers Trust, we want the river to be at the heart of local communities. We believe that community involvement is key for the conservation and restoration of the River Welland and its entire catchment area.

As a River Warden, volunteers will be the local champion for the River Welland, acting as our eyes and ears on the ground to protect the Welland and its tributaries. Initially, we want to pilot this scheme with 3 or 4 parishes, with a view to rolling out the initiative to other parishes, based on the lessons learnt.