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Hopefully you now know some of the important work we do to protect and improve the rivers, lakes and surrounding area across the Severn.

But we can’t do this work without your help. The Severn Rivers Trust is a small charity and we rely on generous support from people and organisations. We work with many people across the Severn region already doing all sorts of things. If you love your river, why not get out there and help it out. Our motto is “We get our feet wet” and would love for you to come and help us.

Volunteer for the Severn Rivers Trust

Tree planting on the Afon Cain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us! We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. There is plenty to do from surveying rivers for plants to otters; removing invasive species like Himalayan Balsam to helping out at events or litter picks to planting trees. It all helps improve your local river!

Volunteering with the Severn Rivers Trust is a great way to learn about our work and enjoy the local countryside while doing your bit for the environment.

Volunteer here!

Become a River Champion

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Do you love your local stretch of river? Do you see it every day, every week or once a month? You can really help us out by becoming a River Champion.

River Champions help us by collecting information on local rivers which we then use to develop a series of activities to help improve the river.

Become a River Champion!

 

Riverfly Monitoring

UK ENGLAND ENGLAND SHROPSHIRE LLANYBLODWEL 1JUL15 - Anglers Robert Park and Des during monthly kick sampling in the river Tanat in Llanyblodwel, part of the river Severn catchment area. jre/Photo by Jiri Rezac / WWF UK © Jiri Rezac 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get involved directly with conservation by becoming one of our Riverfly Monitors.   Riverfly Monitors are trained to sample their local river for aquatic invertebrates on a regular basis.  This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, learn more about your local river, meet new people and “get your feet wet”.

 Become a Riverfly Monitor!

 

Placement Opportunities

Placement – River Fish Field Research Assistant

The regulation of rivers for the purposes of flood defence, hydropower generation and navigation has profound physical and ecological impacts through their disruptions to hydrology, natural functioning and connectivity. Whilst river regulatory schemes provide major ecosystem services for societal benefit, the resultant habitat disruption, including blockages to fish migration and physical changes to channel form, are increasingly recognised as the major global threat to freshwater fish diversity. Given that the predicted consequences of long-term changes in climate include increased periods of intense rainfall in many regions, such as that observed in the UK in winter of 2013/14, then river regulation schemes designed to prevent flood damage are only likely to increase.

Aims:

  • To monitor juvenile fish abundance and habitat preferences
  • To monitor adult fish movement using hydroacoustic telemetry
  • To identify suitable spawning habitats
  • To identify prey availability for adult and juvenile fish

Methods:

  • In river hydroacoustic receiver data to be downloaded
  • Mobile hydroacoustic monitoring
  • Invertebrate sampling – drift nets and kick sampling
  • Juvenile fish sampling using Seine nets and electro fishing
  • Visual observations of spawning fish
  • Sediment sampling including Wolman sampling and McNeil sampling

Requirements: Must be physically fit. Sometimes field work can include walking up and down the river or carrying buckets of sediment. Must own a pair of wellington boots and waterproof clothing. Can provide life jackets and possibly waders.

Placement details:
Duration: 1 day – 4 months
Location: River Teme, Worcester
Contract Type: Temporary
Contract Hours: Full Time/ Part Time
Remuneration: Unpaid
Commences: 04/05/2016

For further information you can contact: cgutmannroberts@bournemouth.ac.uk

 

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