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Featured project: River C’Aire

Greater-spotted River Trolley

 

This Spring, the River C’Aire Project has been establishing community engagement in river stewardship through the provision of open volunteer days in the Bradford district. A collaborative delivery process by River Stewardship Company (RSC) and Open Source Arts (OSA), a wide geographical scope will be served along the River Aire and Bradford Beck. The aims are to encourage individuals to actively involve themselves in their local patch, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in their local area. Benefits of practical conservation volunteering include the improvement of the aesthetic and ecological values of the environment, reducing the risk of localised flooding, meeting like-minded people, and physical/mental well-being to name a few.

 

Areas we have held successful volunteer sessions to date:

  • Bradford Beck
  • Chellow Dean
  • Bradford Rowing Club
  • Higher Coach Road

Our latest clean-up session (April 9) at Higher Coach Road, Baildon attracted over 40 volunteers, with a large proportion ascending from the Higher Coach Road Residents Group (See http://46.101.8.217/boats-banks-baildon/).The especially impressive turnout highlights the importance of local action groups and the value of their input.

 

A good haul

 

As the project develops, there is the potential of developing business opportunities with riparian landowners (e.g. corporate volunteer days), increased community engagement and networking and the creation of ‘Zone Champions’ (individuals who will hold increased responsibility during the volunteer sessions in their ‘zone’).

 

Sailors in search of debris
Mum and son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would love your input: whether you are a business and would like to contribute financially (or other resources into the activity), or whether you or your group or organisation would like to join our friendly and rewarding practical volunteer days. Please contact via the contact form or email Hellen.Hornby@46.101.8.217

 

Watch this space, and our events calendar for upcoming activities.

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  • FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    02-05-2018
    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the Tinsley Canal with The Friends of the Blue Loop and The Canal and Rivers Trust.

    02/05/18; Tinsley Canal; exact location TBC

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the canal, bank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07767 383 736 (Lucy CRT) or 07843 848 599 (FotBL) or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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  • Volunteer Training Days

    Volunteer Training Days

    10:00 -16:00
    03-05-2018
    Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, UK

    Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, UK

    Don Catchment Rivers Trust run a range of free training courses throughout the year for volunteers to learn about wildlife, heritage and conservation.

    Invasive Non-Native Species

    Location: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – Potteric Carr Visitor Centre [Meeting Room], Doncaster.
    When: 10am – 4pm- Thursday 3rd May

    A must for all volunteers working on the river. We will learn about Non-Native Invasive Species (INNS) on the river, how we can help deal with the problem and how we can avoid spreading them. The course will involve:

    • Intro to Invasive species and how to identify them
    • How to survey and record invasive non-native species
    • How to use Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s INNS Mapper to prioritise treatment in the Don Catchment
    • Overview of last year’s INNS treatment in the Don Catchment.
    • Biosecurity – What is it? Why is it important?

     

    Refreshments & Lunch provided

    Please book by contacting a member of the team and requesting a Volunteer Training Booking Form.

    Tel: 01302 796173

    Email: volunteer@dcrt.org.uk

    Web: www.dcrt.org.uk

     

     

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  • Don Discovery Days

    Don Discovery Days

    06:00 -08:00
    06-05-2018
    Salmon Pastures, 17 Warren St, Sheffield S4 7WT, UK

    Salmon Pastures, 17 Warren St, Sheffield S4 7WT, UK

    Find the Don Catchment Rivers Trust team at an event or join in on a Don Discovery Day – tours, walks, talks and event along the River Don!

    Dawn Chorus Walk – Sunday 6th May – 6am-8am

    Join naturalist Julie Riley on a gentle Dawn Chorus walk along the River Don in its industrial heartland. Aimed at beginners, we will try to use sight and sound to identify the birds that make the river their home, while learning a little bit about the history of the area. Male songbirds sing loudly on spring mornings to defend their territories and attract a mate – it really is worth the early wake up call!

    Bring binoculars if you have them and wear a pair of sturdy boots and clothes suitable for the weather.

    Full details can be found on the DCRT online calendar (www.dcrt.org.uk) or get in touch to find out more:

    Tel: 01302 796173

    Email: volunteer@dcrt.org.uk

     

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  • FotBL Volunteer Day

    FotBL Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    09-05-2018
    Livesey St, Sheffield S6 2DE, UK

    Livesey St, Sheffield S6 2DE, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the River Don with The Friends of the Blue Loop.

    23/05/2018; Livesey Street, S6 2BL

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the river, riverbank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07503 654 724 or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

  • FotBL Volunteer Day

    FotBL Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    09-05-2018
    Halfpenny Bridge, Sheffield S9 1RG, UK

    Halfpenny Bridge, Sheffield S9 1RG, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the Tinsley Canal with The Friends of the Blue Loop.

    09/05/2018; Halfpenny Bridge, off Wharf Road, S9 1RG

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the canal, bank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07843 848 599 or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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  • FotBL Volunteer Day

    FotBL Volunteer Day

    10:00 -13:00
    12-05-2018
    Effingham Street, Sheffield S4 7YR, UK

    Effingham Street, Sheffield S4 7YR, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the River Don with The Friends of the Blue Loop.

    12/05/2018; Effingham street, Bailey Bridge, S4 7 YR

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the river, riverbank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07843 848 599 or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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  • FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    16-05-2018
    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the Tinsley Canal with The Friends of the Blue Loop and The Canal and Rivers Trust.

    16/05/18; Tinsley Canal; exact location TBC

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the canal, bank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07767 383 736 (Lucy CRT) or 07843 848 599 (FotBL) or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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  • FotBL Volunteer Day

    FotBL Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    23-05-2018
    Livesey St, Sheffield S6 2DE, UK

    Livesey St, Sheffield S6 2DE, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the River Don with The Friends of the Blue Loop.

    23/05/2018; Livesey Street, S6 2BL

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the river, riverbank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07843 848 599 or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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  • FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    FotBL/CRT Volunteer Day

    10:30 -13:30
    30-05-2018
    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, Sheffield, UK

    Practical Conservation Volunteer Day
    Working along the Tinsley Canal with The Friends of the Blue Loop and The Canal and Rivers Trust.

    30/05/18; Tinsley Canal; exact location TBC

    Tasks may include a variation of the following:

    Maintenance of the canal, bank and footpaths, including; litter picking, debris removal, invasive weed management (i.e. Himalayan Balsam bashing), vegetation pruning, habitat creation, construction work (i.e. repairing benches, painting, graffiti removal etc.) and much more.
    What to Bring:

    Clothing suitable for outdoor work (weather appropriate) and sturdy footwear. All other tools and PPE will be provided (hard hat, high-visibility vest, life jacket, gloves etc).

    Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee, water and biscuits).

    We Welcome New Members, Come and Join Our Friendly Group

    For more information, please contact us on 07767 383 736 (Lucy CRT) or 07503 654 724 (FotBL) or email:theblueloop@gmail.com

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Sanderson Street
Sheffield
S9 2TW