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Groundwork South - River Rangers

Details of the Charity:

The River Rangers project will monitor the Colne Valley Regional Park's river system and provide an opportunity for residents to become volunteer River Rangers and help to survey and champion local watercourses.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Volunteers will record vital information on health of the river system and assess various threats facing it. The overall aim is effective and sustainable management of the river network. There are a wide range of different opportunities for anyone who would like to volunteer - including monitoring river health, litter picking, and general community engagement. Volunteers will be invited to join our river community taking part in regular social events, practical conservation activities, and river walks. 

River Ranger activities include:

  • Reporting pollution incidents to ensuring quick response vital for river health.
  • Surveying river system for invasive species focusing on Himalayan Balsam and Floating Pennywort to help quick action to control spread of species.
  • Monitoring the outfalls or discharge points of waste flows and water into rivers, lakes and the ocean. 

Skills Required:

No previous experience required - every volunteer will be trained and fully supported by the Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Additional Benefits:

Volunteering as a River Ranger not only benefits Park's environment and local communities - it also benefits your health and wellbeing. Time spent in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety while improving concentration and attention. So you can help conserve our rivers and keep healthy at the same time. Everyone involved in the project can choose where in the Park to volunteer, what to do and how often to join in, for example, two hours every month, or once a year. 

  • Learn about your local river system 
  • Volunteer socials and celebration events
  • Will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?