Clean Up of the Back Stream in Loudwater by Revive the Wye and other Volunteers

Revive the Wye volunteers have just been joined by volunteers from  Loudwater Forum and St Peter’s Church in tasks on 8th, 10th and 17th November to improve the back stream alongside Kingsmead Road, and the Wye within boundary park. around 50 volunteers were involved over the three half day tasks.
The work was very labour intensive.  Some  involved removing vegetation – mainly brambles to reveal the fence beside the road and give views of the river. Other people worked in the river which was fast flowing in places and deep with a very silty unstable bed.  Two of the experienced river workers managed to each get a wader full of water during their efforts. The banks were steep and river vegetation had to be handed up through cut channels to volunteers who then had to remove it quite a distance to the rubbish pile.

Thanks go to all those involved, including Chepping Wycombe Parish Council which made this work possible by agreeing to fund the removal of the green and other waste generated by the task following its completion.

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Chiltern Rangers – Voluntary Weekend Conservation Dates

Chiltern Rangers have arranged the following dates to meet at various nature reserves to complete conservation tasks to enhance our local environment and help the community.  We would love for you to come along and join us.   Come and experience what it’s really like being a Chiltern Ranger.  The tasks involved will be tree felling, coppicing, brushcutting, woodchipping, fires and some river cleaning at 1 location.

Sunday 30th September  10am till 1pm  WYE DENE, Bowden Lane, High Wycombe, HP11 1DL.  (Meet at Funges Meadow.)  This meet will involve cleaning this section of the River Wye and planting.  The river is a rare urban chalk stream.  In aid of World Rivers Day!

Saturday 27th October  10am till 1pm DENE GARDEN WOOD , Lime Avenue, High Wycombe HP11 1DS

Saturday 10th November 10am till 1pm  KEEP HILL, Warren Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1DW (Bridleway Entrance)

Saturday 24th November 10am till 1pm KEEP HILL, Warren Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1DW  (Bridleway Entrance)

Children are welcome, but must be supervised.  Please bring water and wear sensible shoes, trousers and long sleeves.  We will provide all the tools,  tea/coffee etc.

If your are interested in coming along please email us to let us know.

We look forward to seeing you!

Kate Eakins
Chiltern Rangers (CIC)
07891 747452
01494 474486

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Balsam bashing 2018

We’d like to thank all the  RtW volunteers who helped with this year’s balsam bashing tasks.

Ten sites were identified this year where Indian Balsam plants were growing and could be accessed, and we had a very good response from our volunteers when we suggested 10 possible work party dates in August.  In the end, it took six tasks to get through all the work.
We are definitely making good progress in our aim of eradicating the plants from the river banks where we have access. There were only a few plants on the Rye, in Wye Dene and at Boundary Park this year, and the number of plants at Kingsmead and in Wooburn Town was much lower than in previous years. The number of plants removed between Cores End and Wooburn Town, and between Holtspur Lane and Glory Mill Lane was similar to last year, and the number of plants in Wooburn Park had increased. Two new sites, one at Glory Park and one at Knaves Beech were included in this year’s programme.

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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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