Friends of the Wye support Wooburn Fete

Friends of the Wye were delighted to support Wooburn Fete on Saturday 16 June with a stall presenting information to visitors about the River Wye.

 

In addition to the display boards there was a live display of some of the invertebrate wildlife found in the river and some water-life related activities for children

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Have you said ‘YES’ to Revive the Wye – last chance to do so

Because of new data protection rules which come into effect on May 25th, we have emailed all our RtW supporters and asked for permission to contact them in future. If you have received one of our emails and have not replied, please do so as soon as possible. After 25th May, if you have not said ‘YES’ we will be obliged to delete your name from our records, and so will no longer be able to contact you.

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Have you tried to contact us recently from the website ?

We have just found out quite by chance that emails from the ‘Contact Us’ Form on our website have been blocked by our hosting service for the last few weeks without us being informed so we have not received them. Our apologies for this,  but the problem has now been resolved. If you have tried to contact us and had no response, please try again and this time we will be able to get back to you.

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Purchase of new tools funded by Friends of the Wye

We are pleased to announce that Friends of the Wye have donated £200 to buy new gloves and secateurs for Revive the Wye volunteer work parties. New secateurs will be welcome by all the volunteers who have recently struggled with ones that stick or don’t work, and people who venture into the river wearing waders will now have proper elbow length pond gloves, so will keep their hands dry. As well as that, we can throw out the 9 PVC left hand gloves which have no matching right hands.

With a small top-up from RTW funds we are able to buy the following :

12 pairs of Wolf-Garten secateurs
24 red PVC gloves
6 pairs elbow length pond gloves

All of this will be very welcome to our regular volunteers who I’m sure will want me to pass on their thanks to Friends of the Wye

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Kingsmead wetland clearance is progressing

Some volunteers starting nettle clearance

We are aiming to clear the large area opposite the back of the George V pub of nettles and other inappropriate vegetation. We want to eventually return it to a wetland habitat supporting more interesting ground flora, and at the same time make it easier to see and control the Indian Balsam that keeps recurring in this area .

Area after clearance

We have just completed our third nettle pulling work party and are seeing the results of our painful efforts. There is still more to do, however we can certainly see where we have been, and have had lots of interest from passers-by.

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Days and days of balsam bashing

Over the last few years we have succeeded in removing vast swathes of Indian balsam from the river banks mostly on WDC land, all the way from the Fire Station to Wooburn. Every year there are smaller and smaller patches of new growth, all in difficult to reach places. Because of the danger of working in deep water and awkward places, we have not been able to run ‘balsam bashing’ volunteer days. Instead, two of our Volunteer work party leaders and an enthusiastic volunteer who is used to working (fishing) in deep water, and in one case a Wycombe Wildlife Group member, have spent many days clearing all the reported patches.

The following areas have been cleared:

July 16th  The Rye
July 24th  Wye Dean, Pizza Hut, Bucks Free Press, Boundary Park, Glory Mill
to Holtspur
July 25th  Wooburn Park, Wooburn Town
July 29th  Kingsmead, Wooburn Park
July 31st  Kingsmead

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Water in the Rye Dyke is looking blue/green

Water in the Dyke looks blue/green

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria)
Blue-green algae grow in warm, slow-moving or still waters and form a bloom in the water, often coloured blue or green, which makes it difficult to see into the water. Although some species are non-toxic, others can cause a variety of adverse health affects, including damage to the liver or nervous system, and can be fatal to dogs and people.

When the wife of one of Revive the Wye’s Steering Group members saw what appeared to be blue-green algae in the Dyke on the Rye in High Wycombe, she was obviously very concerned, as was her husband who went and took photographs of the blooms and circulated them to other Steering Group members including the Environment Agency (EA) representatives. The EA took this matter very seriously and arranged for the water to be tested as a matter of urgency. Everyone was surprised and pleased to hear that the tests had found no algae present in the affected water and that it was thought the unusual condition of the water was a result of calcium carbonate precipitation during the recent dry weather reducing light penetration in the water.
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Next Conservation volunteer work party Sunday 23 April

Our next work party will be on Sunday 23rd April on Kingsmead, High Wycombe
Meet at Fennel’s Road Car Park, High Wycombe, HP11 1SR   at 9.45
Tasks to be done include :
  • Removal of branches which have fallen into the river over the winter by cutting and lopping
  • Litter picking in the river and on the banks
  • Some limited vegetation pruning where it is falling over the path
 Please wear strong footwear or wellingtons. If you would like to work in the river, we will provide waders so please let me know your shoe size
Tools and gloves will be provided
Good news – for the first time we will be providing refreshments
We expect to finish by 1pm but you are free to leave whenever you want
Please let me know if you will be joining us so that we can bring the right number of tools and waders  judy.sonley@tiscali.co.uk
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Next conservation work party Tuesday 21st March

Our next work party will be on Tuesday 21st March
Meet at 9.45 in Wycombe Rye Lido Car Park, The Rye, off Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, HP11 1QX
We will finish by 1pm, however you’re free to leave whenever you wish
Working in and near the wetland area on Holywell Mead just below the waterfall we will aim to
  • Cut back old vegetation and remove unwanted plants to facilitate growth of the wetland species that were planted there
  • Remove tree seedlings
  • Deal with encroaching brambles
  • Remove vegetation or debris adversely affecting the river flow
  • Remove litter
There will be a choice of tasks and opportunity to change tasks during the morning. Please wear wellingtons or strong footwear as we will be working in wetlands. There may be opportunity to work in the river, so if you would like to wear waders, please let me have your shoe size so that we can bring the correct sizes. Please also wear a belt so that the wader straps can be attached to it.
Please contact judy.sonley@tiscali.co.uk  if you would like to attend.
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Chiltern Society Rivers and Wetlands Meeting March 25th – everyone welcome

Are you interested in the state of the rivers and streams of the Chilterns? Then you are invited to the Rivers and Wetlands Group’s Spring Meeting to hear the latest news from across the Chilterns.

Chiltern Society Rivers and Wetlands Group Spring Meeting
10am Saturday 25 March 2017
The Village Hall, Little Missenden HP7 0RF  (opposite the Crown Inn)

  • Dr Ilias Karapanos from Affinity Water will talk about water abstraction, the Sustainability Reduction Programme and the river restoration work they are currently undertaking in the Misbourne catchment area.
  • Allen Beechey, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project Officer, will bring us up to date on activities across the AONB.
  • Our own River Watchers will give us an update on their personal observations on all of the major streams in the area.

After the meeting why not take the opportunity to explore the village and the tenth century church and possibly some refreshment in the Crown Inn.

Parking is available behind the hall or along the road.

For further details contact Alison Gieler alisongieler@dsl.pipex.com

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