New volunteers join River Wardens monitoring project

New volunteers join River Wardens monitoring project

The first new volunteers of 2020 for our popular River Wardens project have now been trained and are getting stuck into monitoring water quality and biodiversity on their local water courses. 

Clear skies over the past week have finally allowed our Project Manager Chris to run three sessions after poor weather and high water levels have led to continued postponements since October. Thanks to kind support from Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme, the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, the WF Southall Trust and the P&C Hickinbotham Trust, volunteers were supplied with all the necessary equipment to get them up and running.

With the addition of these new River Wardens at Lubenham, Great Easton and Caldecott, the total number of sampling points around the River Welland catchment has risen to 16 – a fantastic reflection of local people’s interest in understanding and taking part in addressing environmental issues.

The group at Lubenham, also heavily involved in the village’s “in bloom” committee, were particularly interested to get started. The village is the location for one of The Welland Rivers Trust’s other projects in this year – The Welland Headwaters Improvement Project. Using their new skills in kick sampling for invertebrates, the community will be able to track how their local biodiversity responds once new in channel and riparian habitat has been created.

If you’re inspired by the efforts of these Welland catchment residents, please get in touch to register your interest in the project!

Kick sampling on the Great Easton Brook revealed surprising populations of olive mayflies and freshwater shrimp.
Volunteers from Lubenham in Bloom will now be monitoring the effects of our habitat restoration project in the village.