APPLY SOON! Free practical river habitat workshops!

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.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.asap with the dates you can make, details of your organisation, and any dietary requirements. Due to security on site at Martin Baker, only British nationals are able to attend this workshop. Places are limited to 20 per day and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Some places will be reserved for local priority groups at certain sites and priority will be given to those who didn’t attend last year’s workshops. However, there are a possible 100 places available, and the restriction on numbers is mainly for people who will be going into the river. Therefore, if you would like to go to watch and listen, but don't want to participate in the practical aspects, that should be fine and just let Nancy know.

Find out more here.

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