April 12, 2019

At last, even though we have walked along some good looking river and found good invertebrate life at the lower end of the food chain, we had hardly seen a fish so far. Between Guiting Power and Naunton this changed dramatically. Suddenly we  were seeing trout and poss...

April 9, 2019

Handle this?

So here we are at our first proper sewage treatment works. A very small one that serves the Guiting Power area but even here we can see a steady flow of effluent entering a very small stream.

Just imagine how the use of cleaning chemicals, drugs like statins...

April 7, 2019

Down through the rest of Adam Henson's farm we found some lovely stretches of water and a wildlife haven. 

A riverfly survey gave very good results with very many cased and caseless caddis of various species which we know will unfortunately disappear from our nets as we...

April 2, 2019

After the lakes, the river falls free from the last sluice in  the series and starts snaking through the valley. Clear water and a healthy invertebrate population. 

A fleeting glimpse of a couple of fish. Maybe a bullhead and a small trout. 

Closer examination of th...

March 31, 2019

At Temple Guiting, the Windrush flows through a series of lakes and ponds which we believe were dug out in the 1950s. Years of silt has all but filled the first one which had probably been dug to trap silt before the main lake. A tentative prod with a stick showed over...

March 25, 2019

On the way down through Cutsdean we a saw a pump house and filter on the stream - it seems a bit of an overstatement to call it a river here, even if that is what the map says. So local houses are still getting drinking water from the Windrush it seems, and that also s...

March 24, 2019

Saturday saw us heading from Ford to Temple Guiting where the river starts to change again and gets a hard gravel bed and larger stones. A great habitat for invertebrates and, sure enough, a few probes with the net and atruning over some stones showd cased caddis, oliv...

March 19, 2019

As we make our way from the Windrush source to the Thames we are going to be taking water samples for scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. 

We will also be taking samples of our own and using the equipment we have bought with donations from our team,...

March 18, 2019

At least fifty to follow, we think.

As the river flows down through the beautifully relaxed farm land passing Taddington a couple of horses wandered around the upper slopes of the valley and a flock of farmyard ducks waddled nearby in a scene that probably had not chang...

March 17, 2019

As we scrambled into the field at Dirty Bridge, we saw a lot of silt that had run off from the track and into the river. and it looked like the stream had been cut into a channel; a very straight one, many years ago. There were the remains of what looked like an old fi...

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