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One Big Watery Weekend
 

One Big Watery Weekend

One Big Watery Weekend

September has been a busy month for RiverCare and BeachCare Groups, as World Rivers Day, World Cleanup Day and the Great British Beach Clean all fell on the same weekend! From the 20th to 22nd, almost 300 of our #LitterHeroes were out in force making a difference to their local waterways and beaches with litter picks and wildlife surveys.

 

World Rivers Day 2019

World Rivers Day is an international celebration of the world’s waterways, held on the fourth Sunday in September each year. The aim is to increase awareness of the importance of rivers, and encourage communities to act to improve and maintain their local water habitat.

Millions of individuals in more than 70 countries participate in World Rivers Day, and our region is no exception, with a total of 92 RiverCare volunteers attending events. #LitterHeroes in Grantham, Lincoln, Cambridge, and Louth collected 84 bags filled with rubbish along rivers and waterways, also recovering a huge number of large items that included 6 trolleys, 5 traffic cones, 2 garden chairs, 2 bicycles, and 1 moped.

Grantham RiverCare also did a fantastic job of checking each item they retrieved for Native White-Clawed Crayfish which can be found in some areas of the River Witham, and managed to return 3 back to the river!

Meanwhile, Norwich RiverCare organised their first (but not last!) Moth Trapping Event, to combine World Rivers Day with National Moth Night. Species identified included Burnished Brass, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Large Yellow Underwing and Snout.

 

Great British Beach Clean 2019 – 20th -22nd September

Moving away from rivers and out to the coast, Sutton-on-Sea and Southend BeachCare groups took part in the iconic annual Great British Beach Clean, delivered by the Marine Conservation Society. The event involves volunteers undertaking beach cleans, whilst surveying the litter they collect. In previous years, Great British Beach Clean weekends have accumulated data from 319 tonnes of litter; the information gathered has helped to make significant impacts in tackling marine pollution, such as banning microplastics in personal care products, improved labelling on wet wipes, and the plastic bag charge. The volunteers in Sutton-On-Sea ensured all litter was collected and recorded by forming a long human chain along the beach and walking down end to end, scouring particularly for small plastic pieces and cigarette butts! Over 200 BeachCare #LitterHeroes collected 50 bags of waste from our coast, and removed larger items, including a sun lounger, tyre and screw top jar which had found its way to us from New York!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who joined in this year’s celebrations, we can’t wait to see what you get up to next year!