Our Mission:


A community group committed to returning the River Cale to a self-sustaining ecosystem that is rich in bio-diversity and to be enjoyed by all.

News


CO-OP funding local groups

CATCH have been selected by the CO-OP out of tens of thousands of applicants to be supported by local funding. It’s easy to do, all you have to do is become a member of the CO-OP (like a rewards card in other supermarkets) and for every £1 spent in any store, if you have selected CATCH as your cause to support, we will receive £0.01p – NOTE: You will need to select CATCH as your chosen group, and scan your card on each visit.

This doesn’t seem like a lot of money but this runs from now until October … ...read the rest


Schools litter pick at the Recreation ground – Sunday 4th July

A local school child has borne an idea of litter picking the park adjacent to the River Cale in Wincanton. If you have children, or in fact are children from our local schools and want to take part, please follow the instructions on this particularly well drawn advert.… ...read the rest


Litter Pick

On Saturday June 12th CATCH completed another litter pick sweep of the town stretch of the River Cale. As usual, we found some items that you wouldn’t want to find in a small river.

Education is the way forward with tackling the problem.

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Donation page

Hi everyone, we now have a donation page where you can give as little or as much as you would like to see put back towards our quest of being a Community group aiming to return the Cale to a self-sustaining ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity, and to be enjoyed by all.

Any contributions are gratefully received, and we can assure you will be channelled back into projects for the town.

Please see our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/catch?utm_term=RjV7JmRNK

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Emergency litter pick

One of the things we really rely upon from the community is for anyone seeing anything untoward in the river to report it to us by the various ways of contacting. On this occasion someone had clearly missed their dustbin and accidentally placed their rubbish into the river by ‘Batch Bridge’.

Janice from our Committee and other eagle-eyed people in the town spotted an accumulation of rubbish and CATCH decided to deal with it.… ...read the rest


Kick Sampling for all – 2nd sampling exercise of the year.

Second kick sample of the year carried out on Sunday and getting the next generation involved – Leaving a legacy!

This is such an important part of our river health monitoring. Anyone who is interested in getting involved, please contact us on email via: info@rivercale.org

We sample at three locations in the town, with results reported to the EA (Environment Agency) for a national register.

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Hedgehog Highways!

A few conversations regarding hedgehogs recently. Don’t forget to set up the ‘hedgehog highways’ through your garden so that our friendly hogs can freely roam and feed….here’s one of ours……

Oh, and feel free to send us pictures of your set up and we will post on here!

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Pollarding the River Cale

We spent a Saturday morning having fun and doing some good for the River Cale by pollarding some Willow that had become unmanageable. This is to enhance the required 60/40 light/shade ratio for a healthy river. The willow had been left too long before dealing with it (about 10 years) so we are having to be brutal in order to bring it all back under control.

With a bit of work done, a breakfast roll and a coffee from the ‘Cale Cafe’ in the recreation ground the volunteers were firing on all cylinders, and what a great achievement for the … ...read the rest


Finally we are allowed back out…..

With hopefully the recent pandemic of Coronavirus steadily in decline (long may it last!), the CATCH crew (not all present in the attached photo) have returned to the river a few times to carry out some essential monitoring and tasks. The next few posts will hopefully bring you up to date with all news relating to our beautiful River Cale…… Glad to be back……

This website has received update on activities since April, so please be patient as you scroll as it’s been a while since we added anything.… ...read the rest


Otters on the Cale!

As with any river restoration project, as the pieces of nature’s puzzle fall into place, so does the food chain. CATCH are very proud of the river condition, and nature’s restoration. First we removed the rubbish, then we helped educate people. With the cleaner river came higher invertebrate numbers in the water, and we were able to return native species of fish to our town section after several pollution incidents. The town have allowed us to create habitat all along the town stretch of river, where we have now seen Dippers and Kingfishers returning.

To compliment the smaller creatures in … ...read the rest