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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 Rivercare@keepbritaintidy.org

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.

Farm Business Resilience Events

Funded by Anglian Water and the Environment Agency, the Upper & Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership is pleased to be supporting the farming community by organising two Farm Business Resilience events in March.  Aimed at farmers and land owners/ managers, guest speakers will present topics including the impacts of Brexit on farming, pesticide regulations, no-till farming and new Wildlife Offers under countryside Stewardship.

 

For more information please see our .pdf flyer: Event-Invitation 2018

River Wardens’ Walk Over training

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.