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Dear Friends of the Brent Catchment Partnership,

Hope you're all very well, keeping strong and safe despite all the challenges of Covid-19

Despite having to postpone all events and adapt the way we're delivering projects, the Brent Catchment Partnership is as busy as ever, working remotely and making use of technology to hold meetings online.

With safe practices in place, River Brent partners are continuting to take forward improvements and keep everyone connected with the Brent rivers, streams and wetlands as they continue to flow and provide their benefits and services whilst we are in lockdown.

As your Brent Catchment Partnership host, I'll be keeping the wheels turning..

  • keeping communications going to let river Brent friends and stakeholders know what is happening with local river plans, projects or activities and other news via the BCP newsletter and other social media @YourRiverBrent
  • working on new web pages for the catchment partnership and online catchment action plan to keep everyone updated on the ‘big picture’ for the river Brent
  • developing and progressing new and existing projects that will deliver the river improvements outlined in catchment action plan and benefit local communities
  • fundraising for projects and activities in the catchment action plan, to prepare for when restrictions are lifted.

If you are able to get out for some exercise down by your local riverside, do take time to notice and enjoy nature!

And if you’re inspired to take and post photographs on social media, please do include tags for @YourRiverBrent @Thames21 and #Riverwatch to keep our vibrant river community connected!

Please feel welcome to email photographs of your local rivers – the good, the bad and even the ugly! .... we’re looking into how we can support more badged groups and project based clean ups; and continue with healthy river action and awareness training as soon as they can be resumed safely or via online resources.

Please also continue to report signs of gross pollution and blockages which may increase the risk of flooding to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060

If you would like more news about what’s happening in other river catchments, please sign up to the Thames21 newsletter here. You can also read the most recent newsletter about Our Rivers Can Help Us here.

And if you would like me to add your name to the River Brent newsletter, please get in touch here

Take care and stay safe!

Lucy

River Brent Catchment Partnership Manager

1:30-3:30pm. Water Quality - let's team up and clean up the River Brent! - an exciting programme of talks and chance for all to share their knowledge and ideas.

Everyone in the Brent Rivers and Valleys catchment is invited and very welcome to share their experiences and suggestions for improving WQ and reducing pollution in the River Brent and its tributary brooks and streams.

Let's work together to help local wildlife thrive and more people to enjoy their riverside environments!

10:00am – 12:30pm on Monday 25th February 2019 at Harrow Council, Civic Centre, HA1 2XY

PLEASE HELP SURVEY OUTFALLS ON THE RIVER BRENT in MARCH 2019

Pollution can find its way into urban rivers via surface water outfalls (drains) as a result of misconnected plumbing.

The Brent Catchment Partnership is looking for volunteers to help conduct Outfall Safari surveys throughout the Upper Silk Stream in Harrow and Barnet. This involves surveying stretches of the river to map and record the impact of outfalls with the help of a mobile app. 

All training and equipment will be provided. Please click here to register for this event.

"...surveying outfalls and sewage is strangely compelling and fun!.." (Outfall Safari surveyor, 2019)

When: Saturday 12th January 2019  09:00 to 12:00

Where: Costons Brook, Perivale Park

Help give Costons Brook, part of the River Brent catchment a Winter Clean! The Gurnell-Greenford Greenwayers welcome local residents and active Londoners to come and join them for a river clean and #BeTheChange. Read more...

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The River Brent catchment in relation to Greater London and the Thames.

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Spring is here on the River Brent.. and there's so much to see!

With so many exciting projects happening on the River Brent catchment, it's been very shocking to have to suddenly stop volunteer events... but of course absolutely essential to keep everyone safe at this time..

With Coronavirus turning everything on its head, all projects are looking to online and social media solutions to keep connected and projects progressing even if we can't be outside. Please keep an eye out for updates on Twitter @YourRiverBrent and a new Facebook group for all Friends of Brent Rivers, Brooks and Valleys #BRaVe friends

For more information about individual projects please contact lead delivery parters via the following links:

While we are in lockdown, I'll be very happy to hear about your riverside walks during permitted exercise and any photos especially of River Brent wildlife and nature as Spring turns into Summer.

If you have ideas for improving the River Brent where you know it best, or you're interested discovering more about river restoration, natural flood management and water quality citizen science, or getting involved in clean ups and conservation activities when restrictions are lifted, please drop me a line..

The best way to get in touch is via the 'Contact Us' page

Looking forward to seeing you by the riverside again soon,

Meanwhile, Take Care and Stay Safe!

Lucy

Development Manager, Brent Catchment Partnership

 

 

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