Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Keep your fingers crossed for the River Severn Custodians!

The River Severn Custodians have been shortlisted for a New Community Group award in the Tidy Wales Awards and the awards ceremony is Wednesday 27th February.
The group have been nominated for their energetic approach to protecting the River Severn in Newtown.

The aims of the group are:

  • To monitor the Severn in our area and feedback to the Environment Agency and other bodies about specific concerns
  • To remove litter from the banks and river course
  • To tackle invasive non-native weeds as appropriate
  • To improve wildlife habitats along the river
  • To improve access to the river and enjoyment of it, where that does not adversely affect wildlife habitats
  • To lobby for improvements to the river environment
The group consists of 25 local members, with a committee of 8 people. 

In this first year, the River Severn Custodians have carried out a series of surveys of the river in which teams walk or canoe sections recording the flora, fauna, river flow and features. These surveys will be incorporated into a data base that will help future monitoring of the health of the river and ensuring accessibility for visitors and local people.
The group has received funding from Keep Wales Tidy, the Severn Rivers Trust and Newtown Town Council to buy equipment and consumables to carry out survey and clean-up work.  Keep Wales Tidy has also helped with insurance for these activities.

The group has developed and published the first of several planned riverside walks, which is available to download from the website http://www.riverseverncustodians.co.uk/riverwalk.html

 The group web site can be found at http://www.riverseverncustodians.co.uk/ It is very informative and includes details of the group, the river and group activities.

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