Revital-ISE organises free training event for community groups
22 Feb 2010
The Revital-ISE project which aims to revive the River Ise and its surrounding environment and increase community involvement has held its first community training event at Newton Field Centre. The aim of this event was to improve community group involvement in management of wildlife sites in both the Nene and Ise Valleys. Revital-ISE Project staff and other organisations such as: The Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, River Nene Regional Park, Newton Field Centre and Northamptonshire County Council all provided staff to help with the training.
The community groups which included: Natural-ISE from Kettering, Desborough Wildlife Trust Group and Desborough Pocket Park Group, Burton Latimer Pocket Park Group, the Ise Valley Protection Group from Isham, Summer Leys Wildlife Trust Group and the Little Harrowden Potential Pocket Park Group from Wellingborough, and the NN2 Residents Group from Northampton all sent volunteers to the event.
The groups had short presentations about the Revital-ISE project, Northamptonshire Biodiversity Action Plan, funding and planning a work event. They were then divided into three groups and then completed three practical tasks. The first being how to coppice woodland and hedgerows, the second how to analyse water quality using water invertebrates, and thirdly identifying tree and shrubs in winter and dating of hedgerows by number of species present. It is hoped this event will be the first of series of free events aimed at community groups and increasing their awareness of wildlife and its management.
Any organisations or groups who have projects within the Ise Valley which they think could link with Revital-ISE project please telephone 01604-237243.