The Friends of the Wye group is a sociable member-orientated group, as well as a supporters’ group for the wider Revive the Wye Partnership. Its success depends on enthusiastic volunteers taking on various roles to help ‘make it happen’.
Roles can be developed to suit your particular interests so if you’d like to volunteer, read on. Initial opportunities are given below and others will be added as our resources grow.
Volunteer work parties are led by trained work party leaders and covered by insurance. All work party events start with a briefing about the work to be done, safety and health precautions and, when appropriate, use of any tools involved.
Some conservation tasks are conducted within the watercourses, but only when conditions are safe. Volunteers are provided with waders and waterproof gloves. You do not have to get into the water. A number of tasks take place on the bankside, some can be a little physical, like loading debris into skips or supporting the in-stream team. Others less so – like litter picking or even making tea!
Conservation work parties are arranged both during the week and at weekends.
Please get in touch to register your interest or request more information.
Publicity and Promotion
Volunteers are sought to join a small Publicity and Promotion team to help promote the work of the Revive the Wye Partnership and the Friends of the Wye.
If you are enthusiastic about promoting the river let us know and we’ll get back to you with more information.
River Condition Monitoring
Members of Friends of the Wye are regularly monitoring the River Wye and its associated streams and reporting on:
- · In-river rubbish and blockages (e.g. fallen trees)
- · Habitat condition
- · Overgrown vegetation requiring attention (including invasive plants)
- · Bankside litter requiring clearance
- · Potential safety hazards
- · Suspected pollution
- · Vandalism
- · Wildlife sightings
Any follow up actions are prioritised and acted upon by the Conservation Volunteers.
Volunteer River Wardens take an overview of a defined stretch of the river and report on it formally a few times each year. Additionally they report urgently any matters of high significance, for example potential safety hazards, pollution or blocked waterways.
River Wardens are encouraged to identify and coordinate any number of River Watchers to support the gathering of information throughout the year.
Let us know if you’re interested in becoming a River Warden and we’ll get back to you with more information.
Volunteer River Watchers will walk along local stretches of the River Wye’s watercourses on a regular basis to monitor their condition and report any matters of note to one of the River Wardens.
Let us know if you’re interested in becoming a River Watcher and we’ll get back to you with more information.
Events planning and co-ordination
We’re looking for volunteers to help develop and implement a programme of events. If you can bring planning, organisation and co-ordination skills to the table please let us know and we’ll get back to you with more information.
The Friends of the Wye organise and run a programme of information events at local community events to promote the River Wye’s rich natural environment, its social heritage and the importance of protecting it.
These events also provide a valuable opportunity to publicise the work of the wider Revive the Wye Partnership and to grow the numbers of members and volunteers for the Friends of the Wye group.
Let us know if you are able to give a few hours, from time to time, to help man a stall at these events and we’ll get back to you with more information.
Friends of the Wye aims to include local walks of 3 to 5 miles in its events programme to raise awareness of the river network and its fascinating history and natural environment.
Some would be general walks along the Wye or Hughenden river corridors to attract people who just want to explore the river or occasionally walk for fitness purposes. Others would have a specific theme – such as river flora and fauna or the history of the Wye’s mills.
Get in touch if you would like to plan and lead a walk
River Fly Monitoring
A River Fly-Monitoring team take regular samples of the invertebrates and other river-life from various stretches the Wye as part of a process of regularly monitoring the health of the river. Special training is provided for this.
More volunteers are needed in order to cover the full stretch of the river so if you’re interested in joining the team let us know and we’ll get back to you with more information.