On Tuesday 16th January BEACON held a workshop to train new River Guardians as part of our Call of Nature Project.
This free workshop was held in Marthall Hall in Ollerton, and a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and organisations attended.
The morning session was spent indoors explaining why BEACON has River Guardians, and how they play a very important role in our Call of Nature Project. As part of the Call of Nature Project, River Guardians will be taking water samples from points along Marthall and Pedley Brooks. This will enable us to see whether the engagement work we have done around septic tanks has been successful. We hope that by giving local householders information, resources and support, septic tanks will be better used and maintained, thus resulting in an improvement in water quality.
The afternoon was a little chilly and wet, but still spent outside the classroom practicing taking water samples, and recording the results found. This more informal part of the training was a great chance for volunteers to mingle, and ask questions about the practicalities of these surveys.
The day was a great success with 11 new Guardians trained, which brings the total number of River Guardians to 42. That’s 42 people working across the Bollin Catchment, testing various tributaries and rivers for pollution. The volunteers enjoyed gaining an ‘insight into exactly why we are doing the job and the long term benefits to the environment.’ and also ‘doing the practical exercise to understand exactly what we have to do and how long it takes. The breaks were also useful to speak to other participants and browse the maps and the other materials available.’
Thank you to all our River Guardians who give up their time to take water samples and send in their results. This information is invaluable and wonderful to have.
For more information on the Call of Nature Project run in the North West please visit their website here.
This project is being delivered through the Mersey Rivers Trust, and is funded by the Environment Agency.
You can find more information on River Guardians here.