The River Lark at Fullers Mill, July 2022
Here are some of the latest things our volunteers and members have been up to since March 2022:
Fullers Mill Work Parties
Once we had finished the project at Flempton Bridge, we returned to Fullers Mill to install 6 tonnes of gravel into the river! This was hard, physical work, but will massively improve the biodiversity in the river, improving the habitats for invertebrates and spawning grounds for fish, and therefore helping birds and mammals as well. Huge thanks to Glenn and all the volunteers who came to help us.
Tributaries Group - Water Quality Testing
Our Tributaries Group had their first sampling day in March, doing a snapshot sample of all of the tributaries near the confluence points with the River Lark.
Tributaries Snapshot Sampling Day, Fullers Mill, March 2022
Since then, we have also had three sampling days: Tuddenham Stream, Culford Stream and the source and confluence points of most of the tributaries.
Tuddenham Stream Sampling Day, March 2022
Culford Stream Sampling Day, April 2022
Tributaries Source and Confluence Sampling Day, May 2022
The pollution group will be discussing how we use the data we collect, and where we will be sampling from the Autumn.
Promoting RLCP at Events
Some of our fantastic volunteers have been representing RLCP at various events in Bury St Edmunds since May. Thanks to Graham, Caroline, Andrew and Steph for manning the RLCP stall at two Eco Markets and the Bury BioBlitz in the Abbey Gardens. We have had some really great discussions with members of the public and we have picked up some new members and supporters.
Caroline and Graham manning the RLCP Stall, Bury Eco Markets and Bury BioBlitz
Information Board Installed at West Stow Country Park
Our second information board is now installed on the path next to the Lark at West Stow Country Park (the first one is at Fullers Mill Gardens) and celebrates all the hard work of our volunteers back in the Autumn last year along with our friends at Bury Trout Club. Do have a look next time you are walking along the river!
Steph with the noticeboard at West Stow
Alongside our friends at Bury Water Meadows Group, our volunteers have been hard at work in the last few weeks helping to survey for and remove himalayan balsam along the river bank from Bury up to Hengrave. Thank you to all our volunteers who braved the heatwave, humidity, nettles and mosquitoes to help us keep this invasive species under control. Special thanks to Glenn for leading our work parties with his usual dedication and humour.
Himalayan Balsam Work Parties July and August 2022
We are looking forward to seeing some of our volunteers and members over the summer and plans are well under way for our Autumn programme of restoration and citizen science projects.
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