Category: Volunteering

Pennywort Alert on the River Great Ouse

Rivercare are offering free Pennywort Alert materials to river based organisations and towns and villages near rivers to help spread awareness, and get more people involved in an ambitious citizen science mapping project.

A huge number of local people use and value the River Great Ouse – and we need your help preventing the spread of Floating Pennywort and reporting any sightings of Floating Pennywort to monitor its spread and react to its presence.

By logging sightings at on iRecord we can all help to monitor the spread of this invasive species, which will help the plan for its control.

We are offering posters for you to display on your noticeboards, and postcards to hand out to regular river users so long as this can be done in a COVID secure way. Click here to order materials.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via

Reeds & Waterweeds: Aquatic Plants Workshop

The UBOCP River Wardens programme held an “Introduction to Aquatic Plants Workshop” for 12 river wardens at Priory Country Park in Bedford. A nice warm sunny September day we met outside the café at 10am for a quick run through of the event and the necessary health and safety brief, it was Friday the 13th after all!

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Splashing in Puddles… for Adults!

Whoever said adults couldn’t have fun splashing around in water has never met the Environment Agency! Though there is more to the Environment Agency than just having fun in the water, the EA have dedicated teams that survey our rivers to obtain all sorts of data from chemical compositions to hydro-morphological form and fish to invertebrates to inform them about the health of our rivers and how best to manage them.

Our very keen volunteer river splashers, ahem I mean River Wardens, wanted to learn more about invertebrates. So with that a very interesting and educational workshop run by the EA on surveying and identifying river invertebrates was held on a rather windy day at Gamlingay Eco-Hub.

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River Warden Invertebrate Workshop

Want to learn how to survey river invertebrates?

The River Wardens Scheme with our partners in the Environment Agency are holding a workshop session at the Gamlingay Eco-hub on the 19th September to introduce the subject for newbies and provide further guidance for those who have already had some experience.

As the workshop will have a practical element there is a back up date of the 27th September in case the conditions aren’t right on the 19th.

Save the date! More information will be provided in due course.

Volunteer training events

In March and April 2017, UBOCP will be hosting a number of volunteer training events to highlight the range of ways in which we believe communities and individuals can assist the U&BOCP in caring for, and enhancing, our rivers and watercourses.

Our hope is that following these events, many volunteers will ‘sign up’ to a volunteer activity, which may be reporting pollution incidents or the locations of invasive species; or identifying locations for water and habitat enhancements; or joining volunteer work parties ‘getting your feet wet’; or undertaking surveys and monitoring activities.

Tuesday 22 March 2017, 7.30-9.30

Biggleswade (Baptist Church Hall) – Indoor Session

Update on the work of the U&BOCP and the role volunteers can play in looking after rivers and supporting the Partnership’s work.

Sunday 10 April 2017, 10.00-12.30

Biggleswade Common – Outdoor Session

A walk along the River Ivel, seeing recent works and identifying ‘real-life’ issues and opportunities.

Wednesday 30 March, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Rushmere Country Park, Heath & Reach – Indoor Session

Background on the River Ouzel, update on the work of the Partnership and the Trust locally, and the role volunteers can play in looking after local rivers and supporting the Partnership’s work

Saturday 9 April 2017, 10.30am – 1pm

Riverside Walk, Leighton-Linslade – Outdoor Session

A walk along the River Ouzel, seeing recent works and identifying ‘real-life’ issues and opportunities