A FIRE extinguisher, a rusty water tank, motorbike parts and an old car seat were among the items dragged out of the Hoe Stream by volunteers in Woking. The clean-up day organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Woking Borough Council, was one of a series of events celebrating Rivers Week across the county.
Woking Borough Councillor Beryl Hunwicks pulled on her waders and joined Trust volunteers as they cleared the waterway and cut back overgrown trees. The team was also building habitats for fish using woody debris and removing Himalayan Balsam, which is an invasive species.
The work also included surveying for riverfly, as part of the Trust’s River Search project , a citizen science initiative, which aims to build a picture of the health of the county’s waterways.
Jim Jones, Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Project Manager, said: “Our waterways are the arteries of our living landscape – they are the lifeblood of our countryside and vital to the survival of hundreds of species, including us!”
Jim added: “But problems such as habitat loss, pollution and flooding are all threatening our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them. Rivers and streams are at the heart of every community and it’s great to see people coming together in Rivers Week to learn about, celebrate and help protect the wonderful waterways we have in our county.”