Lincolnshire Rivers Trust is hosting a two day outdoor emergency first aid and river safety course on the 15th and 16th of September in Lincoln. More info here: Working Safely Outdoors Sept 16
The River Restoration Centre (RRC) has a simple, practical guide for beginners who are considering using fixed point photography to show how environments can change over time – a useful tool for demonstrating the impact of any kind of project/work which aims to create changes in landscapes.
Find the RRC guide here: rrc_-_fixed_point_photographyv1
The Great Fen (one of our Catchment Partners) has been using fixed point photography to show the vegetation changes taking place as one of the largest wetland restoration projects of its type in Europe develops over time. You can see the photos here
Summer Standing 2014 near Top Farm, Great Fen. Photos by Gary Dean, Great Fen.
Defra have released a report summarising the impact of Catchment Partnership work throughout England 2015-16. Find it here: cpaf-report-2015-2016-print
A latest survey (2015 results) by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire of water voles on the Middle Level has found them in very encouraging numbers in the Middle Level of the Fens.
More about this report here: Water Vole Survey
Also there are two unique training opportunities available in April to learn more about these elusive Fenland characters (and their otter friends) . For dates and information see here: Water vole and otter field signs identification course 2016
Sunday 3 April saw duck racing and free vintage bus rides in Ramsey. As well as being fun the duck races aimed to inspire local residents to access and enjoy their local river and establish a group of local volunteers interested in improving their local environment.
There were seven races in all with a final which was won by “Tallulah” a speedy pink duck. There was also a prize for the best named duck – “Cheese and Quackers”.
A free vintage bus ride was available to take locals on a “Weird and Wonderful Waterways tour” as well as drop off points at the towns many heritage sites of interest.
The Fire Crew from Ramsey were at the library with their fire engine giving out water safety messages along with Rivercare and Anglian Water who were encouraging residents to take care of their rivers and drains.
The day was a great success with over 300 people taking part and 48 people expressing an interest in volunteering to help improve their local river. The beautiful weather helped as did the involvement of volunteers on the day who assisted with safety, racing the ducks and signing people up for races.
Ramsey volunteers, Fiona from Rivercare and Rachael from Cambridgeshire ACRE had a go at tidying up the river bank by the side of Bury Brook on 31 March. There was quite a haul: eight bags of litter and some very interesting (!) pieces hauled out of the Brook including a Christmas tree, an unidentified trap and a bike. Huntingdonshire District Council supplied the litter bags and arranged to collect the rubbish and the session was led by Fiona. By the time the group had finished the riverside looked a lot more cared for and ready for the duck races on the following Sunday.
Anglian Water are asking communities to keep an eye out for sewage pollution in their local rivers and streams.The most obvious sign of sewage pollution is the presence of sewage solids in the water, but there maybe other indications. These include:
• toilet debris such as toilet paper, condoms and sanitary products
• soap suds or a milky-looking discharge in the water
• grey coloured water
• a noticeable sewage smell in the outside air
If you see sewage pollution, please call us as soon as possible
on 03457 145 145.The Operational Call Centre is open 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. Calls are FREE from a BT landline
For the Anglian Water Pollution Watch leaflet click on this link: Pollution Watch leaflet