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: [email protected]

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

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Balsam Bashing cont…….

Great progress this morning with Simon and Baz pulling Himalayan Balsam up to a point south of Charlton Musgrove church, although the river bed was found to have some unexpectedly deep holes. Note the essential Balsam Bashing equipment drying out after a dip!

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Balsam Bash – upstream….there’s a first!

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We carried out a kick sample on the morning of Saturday 4th May as planned. It was great to have some new people join us. The number of invertebrates counted was a bit lower than this time last year but not low enough to cause too much concern.  There is a lot of weed in the river this spring which makes it more challenging spotting and identifying the river fly larvae but there can be multiple causes contributing to this. The water level is also quite low (with the October – March rainfall having been only 83% of the … ...read the rest