Every October sees the return of Schools Week, a week of scheduled events run by the Bollin Valley Partnership.  The BEACON Project has been part of this week long set of events for several years now, and we were looking forward to takig part again this year.

On 3rd October the BEACON Project Manager, Sally Potts, went to Well Green Primary School in Hale to deliver workshops to four year groups of children, ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old.  

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The youngest students started out thier morning thinking about invasive non-native species.  Here they looked at food chains and the effects invasive non-native species can have on food chains, and in essence break these down.  The children then discussed what made these invasive species good at taking over, and used this knowledge to create thier own invasive species masks.  I think you will agree these pupils were very creative!

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In the afternoon the older children learned about what happens to the water when you pull out the plug from the bath, the sink or flush the toilet.  They discussed the things we use water for in our everyday lives and how much water this equates to (you can find out more about this here).   The pupils found out about how our waste water and sewage is treated, and how we can help by making sure we only put the right things down the plug or toilet.  The pupils enjoyed a sorting game with props to help them decide what can or can't be flushed!   Later on, they did some science and tested different samples of water for phosphate, and found out about the effects of phosphates in river systems.

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Thank you to all the pupils at Well Green Primary who took part in our workshops, worked hard and really showed their creativity.  If you or your school is interested in a FREE workshop please contact us using the form here.


We had a fantastic day yesterday working with volunteers from Friends of the Carrs, especially on World Rivers Day! Got some trees coppiced, more planted up along the riverbank, bulbs planted in our new wildflower area, and re-did some of the fencing in that area too. A super-productive day of work and thank you to everyone that came along and got involved.

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On 10th and 11th of September, three Mersey Rivers Trust members of staff and several volunteers attended an Institute of Fisheries Management electrofishing training course. Day 1 was the theory section of the course which was held at the Swettenham Arms in Cheshire. Day 2 involved a short exam and then we headed out to the River Bollin at the Carrs in Wilmslow to have a go for ourselves. Everyone got to try out different types of electric fishing equipment and had a fish identification session. We found dace, chub, perch, gudgeon, brown trout, minnow, stoneloach, stickleback and bullheads. Despite the wide variety of species overall numbers were lower than expected.

The course was great fun and will allow the Mersey Rivers Trust to undertake more surveying activities as part of future projects.

Asian Hornet has been confirmed again, this time in Hampshire. This year this new invasive non-native species has been found in Hull, Cornwall and now Hampshire.Image may contain: plant, flower, outdoor and nature

Please be vigilant for this species!

Identification sheets and posters are available online and can be ordered, free-of-charge, from the Non-native Species Secretariat. http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4

If an Asian hornet is seen it can be reported via an online form, the Hornet Watch app; or by sending a picture to the alert email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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