Find out how by contacting us at:
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
3 Lock Cottages
Tel: 03000 422997
Or use our online contact form.
We offer opportunities for practical volunteering in the beautiful Kent Countryside. Every Thursday our dedicated team of volunteers undertake a huge variety of tasks, from hedge-laying to pond restoration, apple picking to school wildlife garden creation. In addition we have a large team of litter wardens and wildlife surveyors, so call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more.
The River Beult flows for most of its length over Wealden Clay and this has greatly influenced its ecology. Being one of the few lowland clay rivers to retain much of the flora and fauna of its habitat type the river was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1994. The rivers’ designation was given partly for its diverse range of submerged and floating channel vegetation and due to the presence of two nationally scarce invertebrates as well as a general abundance of other rarer invertebrates such as dragonflies.
Fishing is also popular on the river with a variety of species caught and observed on a regular basis.
However the rivers history of canalisation have reduced riparian diversity and the many structures which bridge the river are barriers to fish migration in the upper system. In addition the structures have impounded the river often creating a very slow flowing system which has increased siltation.
Pollution such as phospates and nitrates are also an issue and in areas where pollution flows over riparian areas the vegetation can be dominated by more competitive species such as nettle and thistle. Non native invasive flora are also issues on the Lower Beult and the catchment generally.
The Beult Catchment Improvement Group is now quite active and to date (since Jan 2013) we have met 9 times to discuss issues in the Beult Catchment.
If you are a local landowner near the Beult, a local fisherman or river user, a farmer or a parish council representative or if you feel you should be represented on the Beult CIG, then please give Andrea at MVCP a call.
The aim of the group is to collectively agree on the issues and requirements for Beult Catchment Improvements and as such to feedback and thus assist with the compilation of a Beult Catchment Improvement Plan.
For more information please call Andrea on 03000 414795 (or 01622 683695) or email email@example.com