In 2016 Cardiff’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee set up the Restore Our Rivers inquiry to look into the problems facing local rivers and to identify how these could be resolved. To deliver this work they drew in the support of Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, South East Wales Rivers Trust, Glamorgan Anglers, Cardiff Rivers Group and Groundwork Wales.
To celebrate the work of the Restore Our Rivers Group and to raise the profile of the planned events for the River Ely Clean the group is running an organised litter pick at Grangemoor Park in Cardiff on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The event will start at 10am and finish at 12pm. A link showing the location to Grangemoor Park is provided below:
If you interested in taking part please contact Richard Bowen on 02920 873606 or email him at email@example.com. Equipment for the litter pick will be made available on the day and the event will be supported by Keep Wales Tidy. Those taking part should meet in the car park for Grangemoor Park between 9:45am and 10am – the car park is next to the roundabout on Dunleavy Drive.
The South East Wales Rivers Trust does not object in principle to the construction of a Tidal Lagoon at Cardiff. However, in its role as a major voice for the welfare of the River Rhymney we are concerned that the proposal includes the enclosure of the river by the Lagoon. This is likely to have a negative impact on migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout. The Trust will continue to monitor the progress of this project in order to protect the interests of the River and its ecology.
The river restoration course has been featured on the ITV Wales news this evening. A report by Nicola Hendy showed the students hard at work on the Ely while learning how flylife monitoring is a good indicator of river health. Click here to see more
The Trust has just published our Winter newsletter. If you would like to read it, please click here.
We have five students currently participating in the pilot scheme for our river restoration course. So far they have visited the Taf, the Clun, the Ely and the Taf Fechan and have learnt about surveying, vegetation management, how to take a kick sample and how to use equipment safely. Regular updates on our students' progress can be found on our Facebook page.
We are looking for a new project officer to develop and lead the Clun Catchment Restoration. Initially the job is a fixed contract until the end of June 2015, but will extend into future years if the project receives funding. Please see the jobs page here for further details.
The summer edition of our newsletter is now available. It can be downloaded by clicking here. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch using the contact us page of this web site.
The Gwyl Taf project team will be at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar on the 14th June for the Go Wild event. This is the largest wildlife event in South Wales, and is held at a diffferent venue each year. Our stand will include a range of activities including dragonfly making and river samples for you to investigate. More details of the event here.
The BBC has published a story on their web site about the return of salmon to the headwaters of the Taff. Whilst this isn't breaking news, hopefully the BBC story will help to spread the word more widely. You can read the story by clicking here.
As the name implies, this is a global event to draw attention to the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WWF is the lead sponsor, and many other organisations have provided funding and support. In South Wales, Natural Resources Wales and Cardiff Harbour Authority are running an event on Cardiff Bay Barrage, and the South East Wales Rivers Trust will be there with our stand. Come along on the 24th May between 11:00 and 16:00 to meet with representatives of NRW and SEWRT and learn about fish migration in our rivers. More information here at the WFMD web site.