Bedfordshire's new River Wardens

Monday 3rd April 2017

River wardens by Penelope ChaneyRiver wardens by Penelope Chaney

A team of volunteers have recently signed up to become River Wardens along stretches of the River Ouse

The Trust's Bedfordshire team recently ran the first training day for River Wardens in Bedfordshire collaborating with other members of the Bedford and Upper Ouse Catchment Partnership (including Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity BRCC, Greensand Trust, Environment Agency and Anglian Water. A total of 35 volunteers attended and signed up to warden individual stretches of their local rivers.

The day was held at Jordan's Mill near Biggleswade and involved an indoor classroom session in the morning with Trust staff Penelope Chaney, Laura Downton, Beth Aucott and Ruth Hawksley which covered native species and non native invasive species ID, health and safety, pollution incidents, fixed point photography etc, followed by practical walkover survey training in the afternoon. It proved a hugely successful day and the Trust very much looks forward to working with all the new volunteers.