River Worth Friends (RWF) is a newly formed group committed to improving the state of the River Worth and having it valued by the community. They are keen to recruit members. Join their Facebook page now.
Philip Sheridan, the founding member of the group says;
The River Worth runs as a green ribbon through the centre of Keighley acting as a wonderful green corridor for wildlife. It might not look all that pretty in places but it has an abundance of plants, wild trout, grayling, kingfishers and river flies.
The aim of the group is to raise the river’s status as a rich and diverse home for people, wildlife and business.
In October Dr Paul Gaskell from the Wild Trout Trust undertook an audit of the River from its confluence with the River Aire upstream to Woodhouse Road Bridge. The audit produced a number of recommendations which RWF will use as the basis of progressing the group and its work.
As a way of promoting the work of the group and to recruit new members, RWF is planning to run a series of activities and events over the coming months. These events will have 3 elements to them and will include;
- A guided walk along the banks of the river to show off its potential as a great asset to the Town of Keighley.
- A demonstration of Riverfly Monitoring – a citizen science programme where members of the public can look after and monitor a local river or stream by sampling riverflies from the river or stream bed. The monitors count eight key species and upload the data to a national database. Any change in the population count of these riverflies can alert monitors to inform the Environment Agency to investigate for potential pollution incidents.
- An organised litter pick.
All finished off with a cuppa at Cafe Choux Choux based at Keighley Railway Station.
They will take place on;
- Saturday January 27th
- Saturday February 3rd
- Saturday March 3rd (this event will tie in with the 2018 Great British Clean up initiative)
Each of these events will run between 10:30am to 1:30pm, meeting in the car park at Dalton Mill, Dalton Lane, Keighley.
The activities are open to all members of the community both young and old, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. It is recommended that you turn up in warm clothes and suitable footwear.
The group has been funded by the Keighley Valley Big Local Partnership, a National Lottery funded programme which is currently operating in the area and by Community Action Bradford and District’s (formerly known as KIVCA), whose Community Development Worker (Muppett) is also working with and supporting the group.
For further information about the group and/ or the activities contact either:
Phillip Sheridan on email@example.com or
Muppett at CABAD on 01535 665258 / firstname.lastname@example.org