22. River Warden Scheme
Themes: People; Status and monitoring
- To increase the public's appreciation of the unique chalk stream environment and their participation in its conservation
- To monitor the status of the river and its species to gauge if its condition is improving
The development of a river warden scheme for the Mimram, to help monitor the health and status of the river.
The River Warden scheme for the Mimram, is managed by local volunteers who are allocated a stretch of river to suit their mobility, interests and location. Wardens undertake monthly checks walking and monitoring of their allocated river stretch. On each visit the wardens will record information relating to flow levels, invasive species, wildlife sightings, and any specific problems they see. This information will be fed back to a collator, who is responsible for gathering and entering all the data, and feeding results back to relevant people or agencies.