Maintaining a programme of conservation activities is a major part of RTW’s range of activities. This key activity is dependent on having enough volunteers and work party leaders. Most of our volunteers help us because they want to make a difference to the river environment. Some get involved because they see it as means of keeping fit or just making new friends or socialising with like-minded people – and having some fun at the same time!

Volunteer work parties are led by trained work party leaders from one of the partnership organisations represented on the Steering Group. 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. Only properly trained and authorised volunteers are allowed to use certain tools. Some are trained first-aiders.

Conservation Volunteers

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RTW volunteers clearing balsam

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.

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Support Team Volunteers

A small band of volunteers is always needed to support the RTW Steering Group and to help run the Friends of the Wye group and its activities. This could include supporting meetings, maintaining this website, publicity and promotion and helping to organise events. Most of these tasks are not heavily demanding on personal time.

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Specialist Volunteers

People who have, or the ability and interest in acquiring, specialist knowledge of, for example, river environments and their biodiversity, or local history could make an important contribution to RTW’s work programme.

RTW has set up a Fly-Monitoring team who take regular samples of the invertebrates and other river-life from various stretches the Wye. This is part of 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.

Volunteer photographers and people who will regularly monitor and record the condition of specific stretches of the river and its immediate surroundings, such as monitoring the wildlife (e.g. flora and wild birds) all help add value to what we do.

Some of these specialist activities are organised by the Friends of the Wye group.

Become a Special Interest Volunteer – Contact us

Walk Leaders

The local walks organised by the Friends of the Wye supporters group help to make people more aware of the river network and its fascinating history and natural environment. Specialist walks focussed on the river’s wildlife or industrial heritage (e.g. on the mills of the Wye) are arranged periodically.

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