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!
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.
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.
We will be holding a session to train River Wardens in walk over surveys at Jordans Mill, Biggleswade on the morning of the 29th of March 2017.
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