"A Clear Future for our River"

Education

New BART/University research students

BART are pleased to welcome our newest University research students this month from the University of Bristol who will be continuing our water quality monitoring along tributaries of the Bristol Frome, this time looking at potential urban sources!:

“We are from the University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences currently studying towards our BSc in Geography. We are working in partnership with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust to assess for pollution levels from the two brooks running from separate neighbouring housing estates. During this research we will be implementing various different techniques and procedures in order to collect the data required to research this aim and test it effectively.”

Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing your results!

Eels return to a classroom near you in 2018!

BART are happy to announce that in spring 2018 we will be running our incredibly popular Eel in the Classroom project, thanks to funding from the Greggs Foundation!

The Greggs Foundation is the charitable arm of Greggs, with funding from the 2015 charge for single-use plastic carrier bags. Before the charge over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets in England alone! The Greggs Foundation have donated proceeds from the charge to support environmental education projects for local communities in and around rivers, across Wales, Scotland and England.

Children and their eels during our 2017 project

We will be working with schools across the Bristol Avon catchment, bringing the endangered European Eel to classrooms where children will spend a term looking after and learning about these fascinating creatures and the challenges they face. At the end of the school term the children say goodbye to the eels as they release them back into the river!

European eels are fascinating animals

 

Our 2017 Eel in the Classroom project was incredibly popular with 6 schools involved across Bristol, Wiltshire and Somerset. In 2018 we are going to have 13 schools taking part, allowing more children to get up close and personal with these amazing animals!

 

Releasing the eels at the end of our 2017 project

A huge thank you to the Greggs Foundation who have made the 2018 Eel in the Classroom Project possible! If your school is interested in taking part then please get in touch with harriet@bristolavonriverstrust.org.

Grass cuttings and water pollution

While we’ve been out on the river recently we’ve noticed many occurrences of people throwing their grass cuttings over their garden and into the river. Please help us to spread the message that this pollutes our rivers by sharing this poster… thank you!

Citizen science monitoring resources

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in our Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership funded Freshwater Watch citizen science project over the last year, from those of you who sampled during the one week Waterblitz, to those farmers, community groups, schools and Riverfly monitors who sampled throughout the year. We have received an amazing amount of data on phosphates and nitrates (over 450 samples!) and we couldn’t have collected all of this without you. We will be analysing the data as soon as we receive it all, so watch this space to find out the results!

Thanks to all of our volunteers for their water quality monitoring efforts

Unfortunately we have now run out of test kits so are unable to provide anymore until we can find another funder to continue the project. We are still getting a number of requests from landowners, fishing clubs and individuals to monitor which is fantastic and if you are interested in doing your own monitoring, we recommend taking a look at the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) Citizen Science and Volunteering Monitoring Resources document here. It details some of the most recommended kits looking at a variety of water quality variables including oxygen concentration, phosphates and nitrates and many others.

An example of some of the monitoring kits recommended by CaBA and reviewed by several Rivers Trusts around the country.

If you are a community group or club, BART may be able to help you raise funds in order to purchase monitoring equipment. Do get in touch with our Project Manager if this is an opportunity you would like us to explore – harriet@bristolavonriverstrust.org

 

 

Biss Family Fun day, Trowbridge

Do you live in the Trowbridge, Wiltshire area? Fancy exploring your local river? Join BART & Friends of Biss Meadows Country Park on the 13th August to explore the minibeasts that live within the river as well as to take part in lots of other river related activities. Plus there will be a BBQ – how could you resist!