In order to achieve our Vision of “ensuring that the eco-systems of the River Monnow, its tributaries and catchment meet and whenever possible exceed national standards of excellence, and bring benefit and joy both to the local communities and to visitors to the area”, we need your help with our projects that are aimed at eradicating invasive non native species such as Himalayan Balsam and American mink.

Opportunities to for you to help us in our nationally recognised project include:

Balsam Bashing: Each year, in June, July and August, we run volunteer days to hand pull Himalayan Balsam on the banks of the river Honddu, in the Brecon Beacons National Park and river Monnow. HB is easily hand pulled up but there are many miles to cover and many hands make light work!

Mink Raft Monitoring: In order to maintain a mink free environment for the benefit of water voles and birds and other wildlife that live on and near the banks of our rivers we use Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust mink rafts to monitor for the presence and absence of mink. We are looking for volunteers who live on or near one of the Monnow rivers (Honddu, Olchon, Escley, Dulas, Dore, Worm Brook and main river) to make weekly inspections of their local raft(s) and report to our coordinator, who will set any traps that might be required. Full training will be given so that you can help us keep this alien invader out of our catchment and maintain our mink free status as part of a unique project.

River Fly Monitoring: We have an established group of volunteers who regularly monitor the numbers of different kinds of aquatic insects at various sites. The results allow give us invaluable information on the water quality of the river, past and present. If you are interested in joining in then full training can be given to become an invaluable member of our team.

Other opportunities will be posted here.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please register with Robert Denny; robert.denny@virgin.net or 07976 926672


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