This page gives a summary of each WatersideCare Group, including where they work and what they do. Contact details are also provided so you can ring, email or visit their website for more information.

 

In some cases we have included a waterway that needs volunteers to help look after it, and suggest you contact one of the Project Officers to talk about what can be done

 

To try to make it easier to identify the activities of each group we have listed them underneath each summary. These will usually include: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive species/water quality testing/Schools/Yellow Fish/freshwater invertebrate surveys/pollution monitoring/misconnections

 

1. Friends of Witton Lakes (FOWL) Erdington, Birmingham 

There are two large lakes joined by two brooks at this site. Volunteers carry out clean-ups here supported by Witton Lodge Community Association. Recently, they worked alongside young people and staff from the nearby Urban Devotion project to tidy up Hawthorn Brook.

Activities: litter picking/removing invasive plants/habitat management

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWittonLakes/

 

2. Urban Devotion (Hawthorn Brook) Erdington, Birmingham 

This group is made up of young people from the “Boom” group. They are supported by youth workers and volunteers to work on a section of Hawthorn Brook which eventually joins Witton Lakes. They also raise local awareness of pollution issues. Not currently active.

Activities: litter picking/water quality testing/Yellow Fish

www.urbandevotion.org/

 

3. Druids Heath There are currently no WatersideCare volunteers working at this location.  If you think you might be interested in setting up or leading a group to work on the Chinn Brook, e-mail  WatersideCare@KeepBritainTidy.org or call us on 07918 054616 for more information

 

4. and 5.  River Anker, Nuneaton There are currently no WatersideCare Volunteer Groups working at this location.  If you think you might be interested in setting up or leading a group to work on the River Anker, e-mail  WatersideCare@KeepBritainTidy.org or call us on 07918 054616 for more information

 

6. Earlswood Lakes, Solihull, Warwickshire 

This beautiful site includes three large artificial pools which are canal feeders for the Stratford Upon Avon Canal. The group of local residents work here with Canal & River Trust with support from WatersideCare.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Please contact ewp2010@btinternet.com or Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org or 07918 616907 for more information

 

7. Heantun Housing (Staffs & Worcs/Shropshire Union Canal, Wolverhampton) 

Skills for Life is a group of young adults with extra support needs based in Whitmore Reans. They work alongside Heantun staff at Dovecotes on a section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal as well as on part of the Shropshire Union Canal by arrangement with Canal & River Trust. Not currently active.

Activities: litter picking/water quality testing

www.heantun.org/

 

8. Finchfield Residents (Finchfield Brook) Wolverhampton

Finchfield Brook runs alongside Smestow School where eventually it joins the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal at Wightwick Mill Lock. Since May 2013, the volunteers have carried out kick-surveys using the Freshwater Invertebrate Network methodology to identify and record the aquatic invertebrates as an indicator of water quality.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/ freshwater invertebrate surveys

Please contact John Rowley: 01902 764671 or  jj.rowley@talk21.com

 

9. Wyrley & Essington Canal, (Holly Bank Basin) There are currently no WatersideCare volunteers working at this location.  If you think you might be interested in setting up or leading a group to work on the canal in this area,  please e-mail  WatersideCare@KeepBritainTidy.org or call us on 07918 054616 for more information.

10. Old Bradley Locks, Walsall Canal, Tipton There are currently no WatersideCare volunteers working at this location.  If you think you might be interested in setting up or leading a group to work on the canal in this area, please e-mail  WatersideCare@KeepBritainTidy.org or call us on 07918 054616 for more information.

11. Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (River Soar) 

Regular waterborne litter-picks take place on the river Soar in Leicester each month with good numbers of volunteers in attendance. Volunteers are offered free use of the canoes provided they litter pick the river. They are supported by qualified instructors.  Attendance on the litter picks also gives opportunities for activities at the centre

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Contact www.lopc.co.uk/ or find them on Facebook. 

 

12.Titford (Titford Canal & Pools) Langley, Oldbury

 Langley WatersideCare group look after this historic stretch of canal from the pump house to Titford Pools.  A collaboration with the local McDonalds restaurant staff resulted in gathering a huge amount of litter from around the entrance to Titford Pools and painting lock gates in the area.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management

www.facebook.com/LangleyWatersideCare

 

13. Fens Pools, Dudley 

This small group of volunteers is made up of local residents, led by the park warden. Volunteers work regularly around the Pools and along the Fens Branch Canal.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants

For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

14. Platt Brook (Sheldon)

This small group of volunteers is made up of local residents who care for the brook in their area. They also report water pollution issues. If you think you might be interested in working with this group, please e-mail watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org  or call us on 07918 054616  for more information.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management

15. Friends of the Beck (Bottesford Beck) Scunthorpe 

The group is a strong and very active group, effective in looking after the Bottesford Beck in Scunthorpe and working in partnership with local organisations. In 2015 the group were nominated in Keep Britain Tidy’s Diamond Jubilee Awards and won the coveted WaterCare award. The group is currently in the middle of creating a new pond on the edge of the beck

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/Schools/Yellow Fish/conservation/ recreating river banks / pond creation

http://facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Beck-557653960974687  

16. Frankley WatersideCare Group (River Rea) Birmingham 

These local residents meet every week to carry out WatersideCare activities in their local area. They were awarded funding from the Nature Improvement Area to enhance access and wildlife habitats along the River Rea. The volunteers work closely with their local school, Reaside Academy. The volunteers have identified and reported misconnections (detergents from a washing machine flowing into the brook) at their site.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/Schools/FIN

For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

17. Hatchford Brook WatersideCare Sheldon, Birmingham 

This self-contained team of four dedicated local residents work along the brook from where it runs under the A45 to the Birmingham International Airport boundary. At their request, Birmingham City Council has repaired the path which was almost inaccessible in places. As well as removing brook blockages to alleviate flooding, the volunteers report water quality issues to the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water. Work is ongoing by the group based on the WatersideCare Habitat Management Plan.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

18. Walkers Heath Park (Chinn Brook) Birmingham/Worcester

This WatersideCare group operates under the umbrella of The Friends of Walkers Heath Park but has been without a leader for some time so the group is not currently active. If you are interested in leading a group in this area, please contact please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org or 07918 616907 for more information.

19. Rea Valley Conservation Group (River Rea) Northfield, Birmingham 

This small group of volunteers meet every two weeks to work on a section of the river Rea near Northfield station to carry out practical work. They are members of Northfield Constituency Environmental Forum.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

rvcg.btck.co.uk/

 

20. Friends of Wash Brook, Washwood Heath, Birmingham

Bordesley Green Forum formed a WatersideCare Group to care for Wash Brook. The group is made up from the core members of the forum and involves other local community groups in WatersideCare activities wherever possible. No longer active.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org  or 07918 616907 for more information

 

21. Nottingham University Conservation Society - ConSoc (Tottle Brook and Highfield Lake) 

Volunteers from ConSoc (the university conservation society) also volunteer at local nature reserves with support from Nottingham City Council Ranger Service. This group joined WatersideCare in March 2013. The volunteers meet each month during term-time to focus their WatersideCare work on Tottle Brook which runs alongside the university campus. They are helped by additional volunteers from the university who are not members of ConSoc. In 2015 the group extended their activities to nearby canals and rivers and are keen to join up with other groups. The group is linked into Nottingham City Council’s activities on the campus and involved in the Heritage Lottery Fund project on site.

www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/societies/society/Conservation

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

 

22. Friends of Sowe Valley (River Sowe) Coventry 

The well established Friends of Sowe Valley volunteers care for an impressive eight and a half miles of the River Sowe working at key sites along the watercourse with support from WatersideCare.

www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Sowe-Valley/

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants

 

 

23. Friends of Canley Green Spaces (Canley Brook) Coventry

This WatersideCare group works on Canley Brook which falls within their broader area. Each summer, the volunteers remove a huge amount of Himalayan Balsam from along the brook and have made a significant impact over several years. They started monthly water quality testing in September 2013 at two key points on Canley Brook and have continued regularly since. They litter pick all year round.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

www.facebook.com/CanleyGreenSpaces Please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org  or 07918 616907 for more information.

 

24. Manor Farm Park, (Merritt’s Brook and Griffin Brook) Northfield, Birmingham 

The friends group do litter-picking in the park and along the brooks each week and remove blockages from the brook to alleviate flooding. . They also look out for water quality issues and carry out water quality testing.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

www.friendsofmanorfarmpark.org.uk/

 

25. Ley Hill Park, (Merritts Brook) Northfield, Birmingham 

This south Birmingham group work along Merritt’s Brook which runs through the park. They have developed an impressive wildflower meadow in one area. They carry out water quality testing and have reported pollution incidents to The Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water.  

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

http://friendsleyhillpark.wordpress.com/.

 

 

26. Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve (River Rea) Birmingham 

Volunteers work on the Local Nature Reserve which includes a section of the river Rea, canal feeders and Wychall Reservoir. This is a well established group with good numbers of volunteers. They mainly carry out habitat management tasks in liaison with The Environment Agency.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

www.fknnr.org.uk/

 

27. Thimblemill Brook, Smethwick, Sandwell  

Volunteers meet regularly at weekends to do litter picking. They have planted trees with help from Sandwell MBC Rangers. They also carry out surveys of aquatic invertebrates using the Freshwater Invertebrate Network (FIN) method.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

Please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org  or 07918 616907 for more information

 

28. Westley Brook, Sheldon, Birmingham 

This group has 10 members who work to clear the Brook and regularly carry out litter picking and vegetation management at this location. They are constantly seeking funding to improve the park and plans are in place to create a nature trail which will run alongside the brook.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants

b26community.wordpress.com

 

 

29. Olton Reservoir, Solihull, West Midlands 

This small group work on a site managed by Canal & River Trust carrying out litter picking activities, vegetation management, repairs to paths around the reservoir and water quality testing. They reported recurring pollution problems to Severn Trent Water and a representative has met with the group to look at sewer maps and investigate the incidents.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

30. Riverside Conservation Group, (River Severn) Stourport-on-Severn 

The volunteers are all local residents who work on part of the River Severn and around the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) site off Britannia Gardens. This site was created in 1999 and is managed by Wyre Forest District Council. They also link closely with their local Wildlife Trust.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Please contact: andy.simmonds@me.com for more information or Twitter  @RCGStourport

 

 

31. Burbury Brickworks, (River Cole) Sparkbrook, Birmingham 

Regular work parties take place here plus some additional work on the neighbouring Blackberry Way site with support from the Birmingham City Council Rangers. The small group of volunteers face a challenge to make an impact on this large site so they always welcome new volunteers.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org  or 07918 616907 for more information

 

 

35. Leam Boat Centre, (River Leam) Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 

Volunteers and staff from the Leam Boat Centre WatersideCare group do river clean-ups. Litter picking is mainly carried out from the water using canoes sometimes augmented by volunteers working on foot along the banks. This year, employee volunteers from the Co-op took part in a clean up event.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

www.leamboatcentre.com

 

36. Friends of Kings Norton Park (River Rea, Canal Feeder and Lint Brook) Birmingham 

This site has several watercourse running through it: a river, brook, canal and canal feeders. The volunteers meet each week to tidy up the park, often working alongside the waterways. They recently worked with a local Scout group and were heavily involved in the Kings Norton Canal Festival in summer 2015.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/Schools/freshwater invertebrate surveys

www.fknnr.org.uk/

 

37. Maun Conservation Group (River Maun) Mansfield 

The group is a mature and well organised force, regularly litter picking and removing larger items from the River Maun and Quarry Lane Nature Reserve. The group link up well with neighbouring groups and attend the local Catchment Partnership. In 2015 the reserve was designated as a Green Flag Community Award Winner for the first time. In 2016 the group secured funding to build a new picnic area next to the river for community use.

Activities : Litter picking/water quality testing/conservation/heritage events/bat and bird watches/school visits/pond dipping

Please contact Sarah Spurry: sarah.spurry@ntlworld.com  maunconservationgroup.co.uk

 

38. Friends of Bilbrook (Moat Brook) South Staffordshire 

The Friends of Bilbrook group work on Moat Brook. They have been very successful in engaging with their local schools and supporting outdoor activities linked to the brook. They have installed a Barn Owl nest box and created two hibernacula on site as well as testing for water quality.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/Schools

www.friendsofbilbrook.org

 

39. Wild About Perton (River Penk) South Staffordshire 

This small but well established group meet at the local library. They are involved in Perton Spring Festival each year doing educational activities. They joined WatersideCare through an interest in water quality testing. They are working with the Environment Agency and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on a project to introduce crayfish to the River Penk.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/freshwater invertebrate surveys

www.wildaboutperton.org.uk

 

40. Hay Mills Residents (River Cole) Birmingham 

There are currently no WatersideCare volunteers working at this location.  If you think you might be interested in setting up or leading a group to work on the river in this area, please e-mail  WatersideCare@KeepBritainTidy.org  or call us on 07918 054616 for more information.

 

41. Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (Spa Ponds) Mansfield 

The group bought Spa Ponds in 2013 and work tirelessly to look after the three ponds leading into the River Maun in Mansfield. They attend the Catchment partnership meetings and work effectively with local landowners and partners. The group is bidding for funding to celebrate 700 years of history at Spa Ponds.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/conservation.bat watch/heritage events

Please contact Shlomo Dowen www.foresttown.net/index.php/nature  or https://www.facebook.com/FTNCG

 

42. Friends of Leicester Shared Waters (Willow Brook) 

The group was formed in 2014 with support from Leicester City Council and help to clean up various waterways within Leicester. Focussing on Willow Brook which runs through the centre of the city and suffers from a huge littering problem, and also help out at Evington Brook and Bushby Brook within the Shared Waters project.

For details of this group contact Les Warren on 07918053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

For details of this group contact Les Warren on 07918053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org  

 

43. Friends of Pennytown Ponds, Somercotes, Derbyshire  

The group has looked after the Pennytown Ponds site in Derbyshire for many years, working with Groundwork to keep it litter free and healthy. They signed up as WatersideCare group in 2014 and are hoping to increase their numbers to maximise the effect they have on the Ponds. WatersideCare has been promoting the group locally. The group also work closely with Amber Valley Borough Council and the local angling club to maintain and improve the site.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

www.oursomercotes.co.uk or contact Les Warren on 07918053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org

 

44. ‘Fishing For Litter’ Group (Birmingham Old Main Line Canal) Sandwell 

Working in partnership with KaleidoscopePlus, this group of volunteers will restart work every week on the canals in the Sandwell area in January 2017. Their activities will include litter picking and conservation work, followed by an angling coaching session.

 

Activities: litter picking/angling coaching

For more information please email  watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

45. Friends of Holly Wood Local Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham 

This Friends group joined WatersideCare following an issue with pollution in the brook which runs through the nature reserve. Several misconnections have been identified and are being addressed by STW. The group carry out water quality testing in the stream on a regular basis and the local school is working with Forest Schools on the reserve. They plan to assist with Yellow Fish activities to raise awareness of misconnections.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/Schools/Yellow Fish/

hollywoodnaturereserve@gmail.com   http://hollywoodnaturereser.wix.com/hollywood

 

46. Friends of Bulwell Bogs (River Leen) Nottingham 

This group signed up in 2015 and has since arranged clean-ups along the river Leen with support from local schools, the City Council and Environment Agency.

Activities: litter picking/schools/invasive species

Contact Les Warren 07918053918 or email les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

47. Tameside WatersideCare (River Tame) Fazeley 

Tameside has a large well established group which is part of Wild  About Tamworth. They receive support from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and WatersideCare. They have been trained to use the water quality testing kit. The river Tame, a brook and a large lake are part of the Tameside Local Nature Reserve that they manage.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

www.facebook.com/tamesidelnr

www.tamworth.gov.uk

 

48. Friends of Turnberry Park, Perry Barr, Birmingham 

This small but dedicated group of local residents want to make improvements to the park and restore the brook. They would like to solve the flooding and fly-tipping problems too. They plan to apply for funding for a storage container for their kit.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management

https://facebook.com/TurnberryParkPerryBarr/

 

49. Friends of Fox Hollies Park (Westley Brook & Feeder) Acocks Green, Birmingham 

The Friends of Fox Hollies Park are well supported by local councillors, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and WatersideCare. Their events have been increasingly successful. They have attracted good numbers of local people to help clean up the park including the area alongside the brook.

Activities: litter picking

https://www.facebook.com/foxholliespark/

 

50. Westley Vale WatersideCare (Westley Vale Feeder, GU Canal) Acocks Green, Birmingham 

This group look after a 5.5 acre conservation site in Acocks Green which borders the Grand Union Canal and has the Westley Brook running through the site. The brook suffers from pollution caused by misconnections so with the assistance of WatersideCare the Trustees now carry out monthly water quality testing. Regular clean up sessions are carried out on site and on an adopted stretch of the Grand Union Canal - volunteers are most welcome. A nature trail is being created around the site together with an information leaflet which hopefully will encourage members of the public to come to the site and enjoy what it has to offer.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing

Please contact Lee Copplestone: lee.copplestone@keepbritaintidy.org  or 07918 616907 for more information

 

51. Canalside Heritage Centre Trust, Beeston, Nottingham 

This group have taken a lease from the Canal and River Trust for land adjacent to the Notts Beeston Canal to develop a new Heritage Centre celebrating the canal and the people who lived and worked on it.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/conservation/heritage of canals

Please contact Stewart Craven  www.canalsideheritagecentre.org.uk

 

52. Friends of the Cromford Canal, Derbyshire 

This group covers a large stretch of the Cromford Canal and work closely with the Canal and River Trust to help maintain the waterway. WatersideCare is working with the Friends to help improve the canal from Ironville to Codnor Reservoir.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/painting and renovation of locks

www.cromfordcanal.info

 

 

53. Friends of Ripley Greenway 

This group was formed by local dog walkers who wanted to do something to improve the Greenway in Ripley, an important corridor through the centre of the town, alongside the Bottle Brook. The group is now starting to engage with the Catchment Partnership to develop plans for the brook.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/removing invasive species

Please contact Mary Foster on 07968106976 or mary.foster33@yahoo.co.uk for contact details of the group

 

 

54. Earl of Harrington’s Angling Club (River Derwent) Derbyshire 

This club has been going for over a hundred years but only recently started to look after the health of the River Derwent as it flows through the centre of Derby for nine miles. The club has a very strong bailiff group and is working closely with the City Council and Environment Agency to keep the banks and the waterway clean. The group now sits on the steering group for the Catchment Partnership

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/water quality testing/angling/disabled access to river/teaching angling

Please contact Richard Froud www.theearlofharringtonsac.co.uk www.facebook.com/EofHAC?fref=ts

 

55. Gedling Conservation Trust (Northfield Lagoons) Nottinghamshire

This group manages the Northfield Lagoons, a local nature reserve in Carlton, Nottingham. This includes the Ouse Dyke, which runs alongside the reserve and for which the Trust are taking an interest by removing large amounts of Himalayan Balsam.

Activities: litter picking/habitat management/ removing invasive plants/wildlife watch/conservation/

Please contact Mark Glover 07850768337 or email mark.glover@dial.pipex.com www.gedlingconservationtrust.org

 

56. Hilcote Environmental and Leisure Project (HELP) 

This group has worked hard to create a nature reserve on the Alfreton Brook in Hilcote in Bolsover, Derbyshire and has brought back voles, kingfishers and newts to the brook. The group is very active and has plans to develop a new woodland park and pond in the village.

Activities: Litter picking/habitat management/fund raising/removing invasive species/project management

Contact Les Warren for details 07918 053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org

 

57.Water Buffaloes, Tipton, Sandwell

 
This group consists of church members from Tipton Seventh Day Adventist Church, who have adopted Tipton Brook and surrounding area. The work being carried out will enable younger church members from the Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs to become more aware of environmental and conservation issues, especially those affecting the local community where they live. Their activities here will help them gain proficiency badges within their group, whilst also benefitting the local community.
Activities: Litter collection/habitat management/water quality testing
For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

 

 

58. Buxton Town Team

 
This group joined in 2015 to focus on the River Wye as it flows through Ashwood Park in Buxton, Derbyshire. The group continue to spend a lot of time improving the park, painting benches and planting, but are now looking at how to improve the river in partnership with High Peak Borough Council
Activities: Litter collection/habitat management/fund raising/water quality testing/wildlife watch
Please contact: Claire Millard 01298 27708 or email: c.e.millard@sky.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/Buxton-Town-Team-532474296804605

 

59. Valley Riverside Project, Yardley Wood, Birmingham

 
The VRP volunteers are long established at their site which forms part of Billesley Common. Haunch Brook runs through the southern end of the common. They often work with local schools. In 2015, they raised funds for signage and a new footpath.
Activities: Litter collection/habitat management/fundraising/water quality testing/ freshwater invertebrate surveys(FIN)
Please contact: Pat Rowland 07814 475599 https://www.facebook.com/billesleycommon/

 

 

 

 

 


60. Loughborough Students Union

 

The Students Union work with halls of residence on the campus and organise regular activities including litter picks on the Burleigh Brook which flows next to the campus
Activities: litter collection
Please contact Les Warren on 08918053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org. The Union is on Facebook and Twitter too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61.Goscote Greenacres

 
This group of enthusiastic adults with disabilities work very closely with the local community at their Community Gardens Centre. As WsC volunteers they care for the towpath and canal which runs at the back of their centre. They also plan to create wildlife habitats on this stretch of canal. http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/goscote
Activities: litter picking/vegetation management
For more information please email watersidecare@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

 

 

62. Blackwell Parish Council, Alfreton, Derbyshire

 
The Parish Council signed up in 2016 to help look after the Alfreton Brook which flows through the village. As yet no activities have taken place
Please contact: Les Warren on 08918053981 or les.warren@keepbritaintidy.org

 

 

 

63. Houghton on the Hill Open Spaces and Tree Friends, Leicestershire

 
The HOT Friends signed up in 2016 to help look after the Willow Brook in Leicestershire. They are carrying out invertebrate and water sampling on the brook
Activities: water testing/wildlife habitats
Please contact: Frank Clark clrflea@aol.com

 

 

64. Stoughton Parish Council, Leicestershire

 
This Parish Council signed up early in 2016 to help look after and improve the source of the Willow Brook in Leicestershire.
Activities: litter picking/habitat management
Please contact: Tracey Mee email dmc1941@live.com or Les Warren on 07918053981

 

 

65. Downing Drive Friends and Neighbours, Leicester

 

This group was set up with help from the Friends of Evington and currently look after Downing Drive in Leicestershire, including a stretch of the Willow Brook. They are keen to know more about the brook and to keep it healthy
Activities: litter picking/water testing
Please contact: Jan Macdonald email ddfandn@gmail.com

 

66. Woodgate Valley, Bartley Green, Birmingham

 
Volunteers work with the Rangers at this large Country Park site. They regularly do surveys for aquatic invertebrates and water quality testing. They worked closely with Environment Agency on a project to remove a weir from the Bourn Brook.
Activities: Litter collection/habitat management/water quality testing/ freshwater invertebrate surveys (FIN)
Contact: Leo McKevitt Leo.McKevitt@birmingham.gov.uk

 

67. Friends of Moor Pond Wood, Nottinghamshire

 
With a management agreement in place with Nottinghamshire County Council, this group has a vested interest in looking after a stretch of the River Leen, the Moor Pond and an historic woodland area. The group has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is bringing about significant improvements to the site
Activities: litter picking/habitat management/woodland preservation/river restoration/heritage value
Please contact: Maureen Barker papplewick.barkers@talktalk.net or tel 07767141356
https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Moor-Pond-Woods-1607969676095495  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68. Waingroves Community Woodland Trust, Ripley, Derbyshire

 
This very effective and ebullient group own the ancient woodland and look after the area using a very clear conservation approach to the Bottle Brook near Ripley, Derbyshire. A wide variety of activities are provided and the group has good links to local Councils and the Derwent Catchment Partnership. The Trust publishes an annual calendar to raise funds for the group
Activities: litter picking/wildlife conservation/fund raising/school visits/
Please contact: Shaun Walters 07753168771 or email amos192.shaun@googlemail.com
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/WaingrovesCommunityWoodland

69. Wildside Activity Centre, Wolverhampton

 

The Wildside Activity Centre overlooks the Staffordshire Worcester Canal. The centre has strong links with Canal & River Trust. Wildside have a history of working with schools and the volunteers carry out conservation tasks along the canal and at other local sites.
Activities: Litter picking/habitat management
Contact Chris Munton-Evans volunteering@wildsideac.co.uk