This spring the Wild Trout Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, is running a series of free, hands-on, practical river habitat workshops.
They will teach the use of tools and techniques for habitat improvement and management, concentrating on the skills associated with installing woody debris features such as deflectors and brash berms. The workshops are aimed at anyone with an interest in rivers, from fishery managers to conservation volunteers or riparian owners. The aim is to provide you with the knowledge and techniques to be able to go and replicate what you have learnt to improve rivers elsewhere.
Five, one-day workshops will be held at four locations throughout the Colne catchment. They will take place between Monday 28 April and Friday 2 May:
Monday 28 April: River Misbourne: Doctors Meadows, Little Missenden
Tuesday 29 April: River Bulbourne: Bulbourne Moor/Meadow, Boxmoor/Two Waters
Wednesday 30 April: River Bulbourne: Bulbourne Moor/Meadow, Boxmoor/Two Waters
Thursday 1 May: River Gade: Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead
Friday 2 May: River Misbourne: Martin Baker site, Higher Denham
Last year seven workshops were run throughout the Colne Catchment. Over 100 people attended these days which were hugely successful and a lot of fun!
Equipment and materials will be provided - you just need to wear suitable clothes and bring waders if you have them. Lunch will be kindly provided courtesy of Affinity Water. Workshops will be weather/conditions dependent so may be postponed at short notice if it doesn't look like it will be safe to work.
Find out more here.