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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fishes of England’s lowland rivers – Somerset Otter Group

Somerset Otter Group.      

The Somerset Otter Group is hosting a talk on;

‘Fishes of England’s Lowland Rivers.’ By Dr Mark Everard.

This talk will address the diversity of fishes in lowland rivers, including aspects of their ecology and the adaptations of each species.  We will look at the life cycles of some species, their diversity of diets, and their place in the ecosystems of which they are a part

We are very fortunate that Dr Mark Everard, a director of Bristol and Avon River Trust and associate professor of the University of the West of England, but probably better known as an authoritative author of British Freshwater Fish, has agreed to speak to us.


This will be a fascinating insight into a neglected area of Natural History, an area very relevant to our studies as well.


The Science Centre Lecture Theatre, Wellington School,  South Street, Wellington, TA21 8NT.

Thursday 27th February. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.


A map of Wellington School is attached. The science Centre is beyond, and on the same side, as the tennis courts. There is a public car park within Wellington very close to the school.


N.B. there will be a charge of £3 to cover meeting expenses. There will be no refreshments provided.


James is extending invitations to local fishing groups.


River Monitoring Scheme Annual Meeting

BART were delighted to be invited to the annual Meeting of the River Monitoring scheme  in Wiltshire at the weekend and even more so that Dr Mark Everard, one of our Trustees, was a speaker. BART are very supportive of this scheme and will be working closely this year with Ben and Angus to set up more groups across the catchment. If you are interested in this type of activity on the river or streams close to you please let us know. For full details of the meeting please follow the  following link River Monitoring Scheme (2014-01-25)

Friends of the Frome

We are very pleased that the Friends of the Frome (Somerset) have agreed to become our latest Beacon group. This simply means we will be combining our efforts on the Somerset Frome and sharing information where we can for mutual benefit.

BART will be leading an initiative on the Somerset Frome which will result in a catchment plan being produced – something which will not only share what is being done but what people want to be done on the river. The Friends of the Frome will be helping to form this plan along with many other groups along the river.

The image attached to this post shows a recent meeting of the Friends of the Frome which BART attended and which quickly showed up a few areas where we can help each other. If either of these activities interests you please contact Ian Mock who will be making arrangements for BART volunteers nearer the time.

Himalayan Balsam pulling groups will be running between 14th July and 3rd August

Spring Litter Pick   –   1st March

Frome Festival Litterpick   –  5th July


BART – Newsletter 5