BART News update, June - July 2015
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Bristol Green Capital river cleanups

As part of Bristol Green Capital, BART are in the process of running several riverbank litter picks from July - September in Bristol on the River Trym, Hazel Brook, Malago and the Pigeonhouse Stream. We are working with existing community groups and individuals to clean up Bristol's rivers and encourage similar works to continue into the future. Let us know if you would like to help out with these. We have also put together some free packs to guide individuals and groups in running their own clean ups, including a draft risk assessment and how to plan the event.


SHerston River IMProvement (SHRIMP) project

BART have received funding from Wessex Water and People's Postcode Trust to run an exciting project in Sherston, Wiltshire on the Luckington Brook. As part of this project we will be planting a wildflower meadow in late August and conducting in-stream restoration works in late September. We attended Sherston Boules Day on the 11th July where we managed to raise £175 from several kind donors who sponsored a wildflower plug patch but we have still got a bit more to raise to cover the cost. It would be great if you could donate via the 'Donate' button at the top of this newsletter. To find out more about this project click here.


Water Pollution

BART has come across a number of water pollution incidents this month and would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to keep an eye out while out and about. It is important that water pollution is reported to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 so that it can be dealt with quickly. Remember water pollution can come in many forms but the most common types are sewage (a milky colour and unpleasant smell), oil (an oily sheen that doesn't break up when disturbed and an oil like smell) and foam (often extensive and with a soapy smell). There are lots of other types of water pollution though so if you are unsure it is best to ring the EA and describe what you can see. If you can, please take a note of a grid reference or nearby location and a photo.

Wellow Open Day

BART invite you to come and explore the Wellow Brook through Midsomer Norton with ourselves and the local Silver Street Nature Reserve, anytime between 10am - 4pm on Sunday 9th August at West Clewes Recreation Ground (BA3 2QD). There will be invertebrate sampling, crafts and activities for the kids and a chance to find out more about our previous work in the area and our ongoing commitment to improving the Wellow Brook.


May - June 2015


Bristol Frome Diffuse Pollution project

BART are delighted to have been asked to lead this new project on behalf of the Bristol Avon Catchment Group. BART will work in partnership with the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and farmers and landowners along the Ladden and Bradley Brooks which form the headwaters of the Bristol Frome to identify and take actions to contribute towards a reduction in the amounts of sediment and nutrients entering the river. You can read more about this project here

RiTCH Project

We are coming to the end of our Heritage Lottery funded River Trym Communities and Heritage (RiTCH) project this summer, with great turnouts to several walks and invertebrate sampling sessions. Thanks to everyone who has come along!


New Riverfly training sessions

As part of our commitment to running the Riverfly Hub for the Bristol Avon Catchment, BART are pleased to announce that we have a number of Riverfly Partnership training session spaces available over the next year, thanks to funding from Awards 4 All. These will take place in Calne and Easton Grey in Wiltshire and Freshford and Frome in Somerset. If you are interested in monitoring the health of your local river by sampling for invertebrates, you can find more information here.


Know the Yeo

BART recently worked with the Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife & Action Group (YACWAG) for a 'Know the Yeo' day on the River Yeo through Congresbury. It was a great success and an example of our partnership work in the catchment. Activities included river dipping, raft races, angling workshops and many more and there are now many more people in the area who are connected with their river. 


Become a BART Beacon

BART Beacons are our way of establishing a network of individuals and groups across the catchment who act as our 'eyes and ears' on the ground - identifying problems or opportunities on their chosen stretch of river. No experience necessary, simply an interest in protecting your river. Please email if you are interested!

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Thank you for taking the time to read about our work. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you are interested in taking part in any of the projects mentioned above please email

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