Fenay Beck Project
The ‘Restoring Fenay Beck’ project, is a project which aims to improve and create habitat along the Fenay Beck.
The beck runs from the easterly outskirts of Huddersfield through to Shepley, in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Over the years, the beck has been altered heavily by humans, which has had a negative impact on its habitat, wildlife and water quality.
Location of Fenay Beck:
Note: Project work to take place at sites along the Beck
Farmers, landowners, and local people helping to make Fenay Beck better!
Work has begun to improve Fenay Beck in West Yorkshire, thanks to funding from Calder Rivers Trust and Biffa Award.
Working closely with the local community, our project partners will create new habitat and put in measures to reduce diffuse pollution and stabilise the riverbanks, as well as collaborating closely with local landowners to help improve agricultural practices. This work will bring direct and indirect benefits for locally important species such as great-crested newt, water vole, brown long-eared bat, noctule bat, soprano pipistrelle bat, otter, reed bunting and a wide range of aquatic invertebrate species, delivering multiple benefits to both people and wildlife in the surrounding area.
Rivers are natural corridors between wildlife-friendly areas, and helping them to flourish allows wildlife to move around both the countryside and urban areas.
A key part of the project will involve engaging with local community groups, with local volunteers being offered training in Riverfly monitoring, practical conservation techniques and invasive species surveying and monitoring. It is hoped the project will raise awareness of issues facing the beck and inspire local communities to take action, developing a sense of ownership and long-term sustainability measures.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said: “Rivers are vital habitats, and great for connecting people with nature. We are proud that through the Landfill Communities fund, Biffa Award has been able to support this project that will benefit both the people and the wildlife of the local area.”
River Health Project - monitoring of the beck
This project was made possible by the regular and systematic environmental and water quality monitoring of the beck by our team of highly dedicated citizen scientists – which identified and pinpointed the problems and causes of the issue on the beck. Find out more about how they did it through the River Health Project here.
How to get involved
For more information on this project you can use our Contact page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also email the Alex directly, at email@example.com to find out more about project events and volunteering opportunities.
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