River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 18th October – Next River Stour clean-up event Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 18th October Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Contact Rosanne (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to our River Stour Clean-Up email list to be kept up-to-date with any changes due to the weather conditions closer to the time.
River Stour Booklet
We’ve recently reprinted the River Stour booklet (written by Gerald Darby). This gives the history and course of the Stour with photos. The cost £3.95 of which £1.50 will go to Mary Stevens Hospice. Available from the Fair Trade gift shop Fair & Square, Market Street, Stourbridge.
About the River
This River Stour page gives details of the course, history, ecology and maps of the river
We will be picking along (and in!) the brook alongside Hodge Hill and Central Avenue.
It will be best to park at Wollescote Hall (Postcode is DY9 7JG & map) and walk down the hill along Wollescote Road (walk out of the main park gates and turn left). There is an entrance for walkers just before Hodge Hill. I’ll make sure there is a hi vis vest tied to the gate so everyone can see it.
Please bring wellington boots and waterproofs if you want to get into the brook – it is very muddy! For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there is plenty of litter on nearby paths and verges and alongside the brook in Wollescote Park.
An Invertebrate Course will take place on Saturday 3rd November 10.00am till 3pm.
The venue is the Scout hut by the aqueduct near Richardson Drive (which is by Sunrise Medical.) If coming by cycle .. you could also turn left at the T junction at the end of the Stourbridge Arm footpath along the canal. The Scout hut is on the right. You might also know someone else who would like to come! Continue reading “River Stour: Invertebrate Course”→
Our next event will take place on Sunday 14th October. We will meet on the grass in front of Formula 1 in Lye, though any cars might need to be parked elsewhere (perhaps in the carparks on the bypass?) As usual 10.15 for 10.30.
We returned to the blockage caused by a fallen tree in the wooded area near the Bonded Warehouse and a lot of energy and enthusiasm went into clearing out the debris and plastic caught in it. We also litter picked and pulled out quite a lot of Himalayan balsam.There is a lot of rubbish lying in the river silt. It would be nice to be able to extract some of this in the future.
We are going to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays for events so the next one will be:
Sunday 17th June (Coalbourne Brook)
Meeting at the carpark on Collis Street at 10.30. As vegetation is high all around the brook, we suggest protective clothing and wellies. The brook has some litter in it but also a lot of blockage from wood. Small saws might be useful and if you have any equipment like hoes and rakes that you could bring it would be useful too.
Saturday 14th July (to be confirmed)
To be confirmed but it will probably be a ‘get to know river walk’/litter pick and look at the outflows shown to us by the Environment Agency where pollution can occur. This is one of their requests that we learn to spot and report pollution. There will probably be Himalayan balsam to pull as well.
Environment Agency Meeting
We are hoping to meet Julia Morris from the Environment Agency shortly to see where the water testing points are and have selected the areas where the pollution shows up as worst. (zinc, ammonia, low oxygen, phosphate, cadmium, classed variously as moderate poor and bad).
Do let us know if you have thoughts or suggestions for the future?
If you are interested in getting involved with the River Stour project, we’d love to hear from you…Please contact Rosanne using the form below: