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Koi herpes virus (KHV) disease outbreak confirmed in Worcestershire

KHVAn outbreak of KHV disease has been confirmed at Washing Pool, Witley Park Farm, Worcester Road, Great Witley, Worcestershire. The site is now subject to statutory controls to prevent or limit the spread of the disease. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) at Cefas, acting on behalf of Defra has issued a confirmed designation prohibiting the movement of fish to, from and within the fishery complex.

Fishery equipment disinfection and movement control measures are in place and anglers must ensure that they comply with all biosecurity measures within the designated area. The fishery reported the problem for further investigation and had voluntarily closed the affected water in advance of official controls.

KHV has no implications for human health. It is nonetheless, a serious viral disease of fish, and is notifiable in the United Kingdom. KHV affects all varieties of common and ornamental carp (Cyprinus carpio) and can result in high rates of fish mortalities. Clinical signs of KHV disease may include white or necrotic patches on the gills, rough patches on the skin, sloughing mucous and sunken eyes. These signs usually appear when water temperatures are between 16 and 28 degrees centigrade. Anyone noting deaths in carp or carp hybrids, with signs of disease similar to those above, or have suspicion of notifiable disease in any aquatic animal, should immediately contact the FHI.

Anyone who imports, keeps, fishes for, or retails carp (common and ornamental) and carp hybrids should take precautions to prevent the spread of KHV. For further  information contact the Fish Health Inspectorate, Email fhi@cefas.co.uk Tel: 01305 206700 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MONITOR RIVER INSECTS

A training day for anyone interested in monitoring the health of their local river is being offered by Severn Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Severn Vale Catchment Partnership.

As well as giving attendees a fascinating insight into the insects in the river, it will enable people to identify if there are problems with the water environment. The day will include short presentations and practical demonstrations by the river.  Participants will receive a guide to the method and have a chance to try it out for themselves. Following the training participants will be qualified to carry out river insect monitoring and will receive a set of monitoring equipment to take away with them.

The initiative comes from The Riverfly Partnership, an organisation which enables anglers and local communities to take action that will help conserve the river environment.  This initiative provides a simple and robust monitoring technique which can be used to detect any severe problems in river water quality.

invertsThis scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales, will ensure that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe problems be detected.

The workshop will be based on the Gloucestershire River Frome, near Stroud and held on  Monday 5th October 2015 and will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This workshop is free of charge and includes lunch. Contact admin@severnriverstrust.com for further details or to book a place.

Springs of Rivers Project Officer: Job Vacancy                  

Job Title: ‘Spring of Rivers’ Project Officer (River Teme)                                                                                                                       Location: Teme Catchment, office based around Worcester                                                                                                            Duration: Initial one year contract (with possible extension of a further four years subject to funding)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Salary Grade: £25,000

This is a new and exciting opportunity to work with the Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) to help restore an iconic river catchment. The River Teme/Afon Tefeidiad is one of the best sandstone and mudstone rivers in Britain, supporting a diverse range of plants, insects, mammals and fish, including salmon, twaite shad, otter, native crayfish, lampreys and bullhead. In recognition of its ecological value, the river has been designated as a nationally important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and internationally significant, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to a rare and special population of fresh water pearl mussel.

SRT is seeking a Project Officer with experience in delivering physical river and catchment enhancement work and the ability to lead and train apprentices and volunteers to help improve the river’s ecology. The Project Officer will be responsible in the first year for assisting in the development phase of a natural Heritage Lottery Fund project to help secure funding for a further four years for the delivery phase. This will include completing walkover surveys, mapping invasive species, assessing access opportunities, compiling riparian management designs in association with landowners and interest groups, obtaining consents and liaising with partners and stakeholders.

In the delivery phase (further 4 years dependant on secured funding) the role will involve mentoring and overseeing four apprentice river trainees each year and leading and delivering on the aforementioned riparian management plans consisting of a suite of river enhancement techniques including invasive species removal, river habitat enhancement, riparian management and commissioning and working with contractors as appropriate.

You will be a self-starter and demonstrate a committed, mature and flexible approach to your work. We are looking for an individual with significant practical conservation, river restoration and project management experience. You will have excellent organisational, communication and reporting skills and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of partners including volunteers, farmers, landowners and others. Knowledge and experience of practical river conservation work, the Catchment Based Approach and land management issues, the Water Framework Directive and invasive non-native species are essential.

Initially offered as a fixed term contract until 1st November 2016, it is hoped this will be extended for a further 4 years subject to satisfactory performance and funding being secured. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the growing Severn Rivers Trust and to make a real difference to river environments in the Teme Catchment.

If you believe that you have the passion, commitment and skills to take this unique opportunity forward then we would like to hear from you. Please download, read and complete the following application pack;

Job Description: http://severnriverstrust.com/publications/springs-of-rivers-project-officer-job-description/

Closing Date for applications is Friday 25th September 2015 at 5pm. Interviews will be held 8th October at the Severn Rivers Trust office near Worcester.

To discuss any aspects of this post please email emma@severnriverstrust.com. To apply for this post please send a current CV and covering letter explaining why this position is of interest to you, the skills and experience you can offer and any other information you consider relevant to mike@severnriverstrust.com

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