Are you concerned about the environment? REG welcomes new members.
See their latest newsletter below for an idea of their activities.
Greetings from the Risborough Environmental Group (REG)
REG Litter Picking walks:
Thank you to our Wombles for your support over the past 18 months since we started. Click here to see the results of our last team effort on 6/7 April (our 12th since we started in October 2017) had a record number of 38 volunteers aged 2 – 75 years and we collected the equivalent total of 75 full bin bags as part of the Great British Spring Clean! Our hard work has not gone un-noticed – Chiltern District Council has donated more litter grabbers to REG giving us a total of around 45 and PRTC thanked us at the recent annual town meeting, via facebook and we featured on page 4 of Crosstalk April 2019 issue.
We invite you to join our next community litter picking forays Sunday 5 May 10 – 12 or 3 – 5pm and Sunday 30 June as part of the Risborough Town Festival.
Best wishes Cath Campbell REG Womble coordinator 0774 6368085
The Phoenix Trail:
This month we start our conservation work along the Phoenix Trail with the Sustrans Greener Greenways project, a long-term plan to increase biodiversity. We will be learning what needs to be done for Nature and how to do it. Our first activities aim to use existing fallen material to form ‘habitat piles’ as refuges and places of safety for hibernation. In addition, we aim to monitor the existing situation for flowers, reptiles, birds, mammals and butterflies as a baseline reference for the future. As the seasons turn, other and many tasks will be needed to make a difference, so please join us on any of the work parties listed in the REGister of Events.
Local Chalk Streams:
Environmental monitoring of three of our local watercourses is now in progress, at set locations agreed with the Environment Agency. The analysis comprises two elements:
1) Chemical testing to determine nitrate and phosphate levels using simple test kits. These unwanted nutrients promote algal growth, thus reducing oxygen levels in the streams
2) Invertebrate counts, employing a kick sampling and net capture technique. This allows one to collect and view the bottom dwelling species of river fly larvae and freshwater shrimps. A scoring system applied to the numbers of each species subsequently yields a total figure which can be related to the health of the stream
“Rough Around the Edges”:
In conjunction with Chiltern Conservation Board’s Rough Around the Edges initiative, REG has been looking at areas of vegetation that could be managed more effectively for wildlife. Discussions are underway to work with the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway to improve existing hedgerows and to work with the Risborough Town Council on the management of open grass areas as meadow.
Help for Risborough’s Swifts:
Swifts are wonderful birds that have an amazing 100% aerial lifestyle, but are losing their nesting sites in Risborough and may disappear from our town. In conjunction with the Chilterns Conservation Board, and with help from local residents, we can secure their future in Risborough by encouraging more of them to return and nest annually. To help us with this work, please text/phone Cath on 0774 6368085 for more information.
Please click here to see latest REGister of Events for local events during May and June. We encourage sustainable transport so please contact us to coordinate if walking or cycling is not possible.
REG Steering Group
Cath, Frances, Lavinia, Martyn, Stephen
Risborough Environmental Group
The Group’s objective is to provide opportunities for local, active volunteers to maintain and enhance the natural environment and biodiversity of the Risborough area.
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