Nature Returns to the River Stour

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre
River Stour behind Lion Health Centre & Murrays Chemist

Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre. The wonderful news is that as we’ve cleared away discarded shopping trollies and tyres, the wildlife has returned.

On Sunday 5th June we saw fish swimming in the now fast flowing river, and as we were leaving we spotted a Kingfisher. It’s incredible to see nature returning to this stunning wildlife corridor we have right in the heart of Stourbridge.

Giant hogweed, River Stour behind Lion Health Centre
Giant hogweed, River Stour behind Lion Health Centre

If you visit be very careful as also at the moment there is Giant Hogweed growing, which contains toxic sap which can cause severe burns. And if you see any litter, please pick it up and help us keep our town Green and Tidy for us all and the wildlife. Many thanks.

 

Photo’s from Sunday 5th June

More Info

Giant Hogweed
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=458

River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 8th September

Bridge near Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath (Gordon Griffiths)
Bridge near Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath
(Gordon Griffiths)

Next River Stour event and some update news

Date: Sunday 8th September 2013

Place: Bridge Street, Cradley Heath.

Time: 10.15 for 10.30

Directions: Take the Birmingham road if you are coming from Stourbridge. Continue through Lye and straight on to Hayes Park Road. Turn left on to Colley Lane to Bridge Street where we should be parked up on the right. There are some parking spaces in Little Crescent on the right just before the bridge and also at the tyre place on the left (ADM Tyres).

Task: This site was drawn to our attention by a Cradley Heath resident so this will be our first attempt to clean the river beyond our own area of Stourbridge.

The site is more difficult than any we have attempted so far as the river has rather steep sides and the vegetation is high and thick. There is Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed (all invasive species). Continue reading “River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 8th September”