Fish monitoring 2019 – volunteers helped monitor shad movements and numbers at Upper Lode weir in Tewkesbury by counting the number of shad seen going over a notch in the weir. The human count was used alongside radio tagging of shad, DNA tests on water samples, and high-tech fish counting equipment to estimate the migrating population and better understand shad behaviour
Freshwater wildlife surveys – Thanks to the help of volunteers we were able to do freshwater Mussel surveys around Powick weir before any work took place there. This checked for rare species so that we could move these amazing creatures upstream to avoid disturbance. We’re also supporting a growing network of riverfly volunteers who help to monitor the health of the river.
Stories of the Severn – 36 volunteers across three counties have been delving into the archives in Gloucester, Worcester and Shrewsbury. The volunteers all share an interest in the River Severn: some grew up close to the Severn, others have worked on or by the river. Learning new skills, or building on previous archive experience, the volunteers explored the catalogues ordered historic documents to examine. Building on personal interests, volunteers chose different lines of research to pursue, all relating to the river. We look forward to sharing facts and stories with you on social media, the website and as part of Unlocking the Severn exhibitions and send a big thank-you to all the volunteers for their diligent investigations.
Canal & River Trust Explorers – 4 volunteers from the Worcester Explorers team have already supported our educational activities. These volunteers have experience in inspiring young children and are giving their time helping the next generation experience the magic of the waterways.