RiverCare (a Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water initiative) are working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Peterborough City Council and PECT to pilot a post habitat improvement works monitoring project on the Werrington Brook, Peterborough. Once formed this group will be led by Tim Devonshire, Peterborough City Centre RiverCare group leader, and will also carry out litter picking in future too.
The first phase of the project is to carry out regular fixed point photography and dissolved oxygen monitoring. This data will be vital to assess if the habitat improvement works have addressed the issues with low dissolved oxygen levels and improving the morphology (shape and natural function) of the channel. The aim is to gradually introduce more criteria to monitor over the next few years.
The training day will be informal and will include a quick site tour and overview of the project and plenty of time for questions throughout. We do hope that you can join us, please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. For more information about the project, visit www.pect.org.uk/WerringtonBrook
Werrington Brook Volunteer Monitoring Project Training Day
Date: Sunday 3rd April 2016
Start Time: 11am-2pm
We look forward to welcoming you on the recreational area just off Hastings Road (PE4 6DD). Please come equipped with waterproofs, warm clothes and wellington or sturdy boots. Bring a packed lunch if desired. Please note there are no toilet facilities near the site.
There is plenty of on-road parking in Hastings and Warwick Road. The neighbours are supportive of our works and welcome considerate parking. The location is also easily accessible via bus and cycling routes.
Meeting Point: By foot walk through Hastings Road, over the bridge and onto the recreation area (marked on the map).
Outline of Activity:
1. Welcome and introductions
2. Safety briefing
3. Group photograph
4. Briefing of the improvement program and walk along the site
5. Activity One: How to undertake fixed point photography surveys
6. Activity Two: How to monitor Dissolved Oxygen levels
7. Activity Three: A look at the invertebrate life in the brook
8. Walk back to Hastings Road and depart
Map extract courtesy of Bing Maps.