Autumn and Winter events at Welney WWT

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Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is holding a series of fascinating wildlife and rural crafts events and workshops – wildlife photography, garden and willow structures and Christmas decorations, and watching, feeding and learning about swans from October to April. All of this is happening at the Welney Wetland Centre, Welney, Hundred Foot Bank, Norfolk, PE14 9TN. Take a look at these posters, take your picks and enjoy!

WWT Welney wildlife photography workshops 2014:

Welney WWT wildlife photography

Welney WWT wildlife photography

Willow workshops at WWT Welney poster:

Welney WWT willow and garden and decoration workshops

Welney WWT willow and garden and decoration workshops

WWT Welney Swans awake events 2014-15:

Welney WWT swan watching at dawn

Welney WWT swan watching at dawn

WWT Welney Swan feeds 2014-15:

Welney WWT opportunities to feed and learn about swans

Welney WWT opportunities to feed and learn about swans

 

Looking after the Ouse Washes’ Water Quality – is this the job for you?

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A new job has just been advertised by Cambridgeshire ACRE. The organisation is currently looking for a Water Catchment Officer.

 Water Care Partnership for the Old Bedford including Middle Level Catchment

Cambridgeshire ACRE has recently been appointed as the host organisation for the Old Bedford including Middle Level Catchment which contains the Ouse Washes. This means that a locally-led partnership will consider how the quality of the local water environment can be improved.

We know the Ouse Washes sits in a catchment that is unique; few of the water courses are natural; the majority are artificially dug drains and water movement is controlled by pumping and drainage operations. The land and waters within the catchment have immense environmental value, being internationally recognised for the flora and fauna they are home to.

However, some water bodies in the catchment are failing to meet the required standard. There are potentially many reasons for these failures with inputs to the catchment coming from many sources including sewage treatment works, agriculture, industry, roads and development. There are other pressures placed on the catchment from water abstraction, climate change, peat erosion and invasive species.

Are you looking for a new job challenge this Spring? 

Do you fancy the challenge of working to develop the work of this Catchment Partnership and trying to improve water quality through a partnership approach?

Details of the new job and how to apply can be found on the Cambridgeshire ACRE website at http://bit.ly/1fE9Z6e

This job would involve pulling together social, economic and environmental data gathered from the Environment Agency, Natural England, Local Government and other key partners in order to develop a catchment plan; promoting and coordinating the delivery of priority actions taken by Catchment Partners and other parties in order to improve water quality.

Part of the work will also involve raising the awareness of the importance of water resources and encouraging local community involvement, volunteering activities and sustainable recreation.

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Some of the issues affecting the water quality in the Old Bedford and Middle Level Catchment area. Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Utility/Old_Bedford_incl_Middle_Level_Catchment.pdf

The partnership will have a close link to the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership and the staff will work closely together to maximise funding and join-up the work.

Please let others know if you think this job opportunity might be for them.

Proudly Presenting: Our Themes!

Heritage Lottery FundWe have just finalised our themes for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme. As you can imagine, quite a bit of brainstorming and discussion have gone into producing this, but – following recent approval of the final draft by the Project Board – we are now able to show everybody the themes that will be guiding our work.

Why do we need themes? From the start, it was clear that all partners felt that we needed themes to help focus everybody on what we want to achieve. It is, in fact, a logical development from our vision and strategic aims and objectives for the scheme.

As the landscape of the Ouse Washes LP area is far less known, understood and appreciated than other landscapes in the region – as set out in this previous post -, it was thought that the themes would also provide the partnership with an important tool to tell the ‘stories’ of this landscape, and help getting people to understand what this landscape is about.

The themes will:

  • Help our partners to develop their projects in more details;
  • Guide the way we will promote and deliver events throughout the scheme;
  • Help communities to find ways of engaging with the landscape’s heritage through the scheme’s projects and events;
  • Guide the way we want to promote the landscape and its heritage;
  • Help in the development towards a clear legacy for the landscape.

We are very curious to hear from you, our audience, what you think about our themes; do let me know. Ok, here they are, our 5 themes:

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More details are provided in the below PowerPoint file, setting out: our five themes, with further explanation given, as well as a range of example subjects we feel could fall under each of the themes:

Themes PP_May 2013