River Conservation Task Force

We aim to meet twice per month throughout the Dales and surrounding area for practical conservation tasks. These activities will be outdoors and may be physically demanding. Below is a list of activities that YDRT do throughout the year (see Things we Do for more information) and details of our upcoming events. The programme will include four training events each year to develop your river conservation and identification skills.

If you are interested in being involved please join our Volunteering Mailing list to keep updated with future events .

Invasive Species Watch

Next year, we hope to develop a programme to monitor and eradicate invasive species throughout the Dales, particularly in Wensleydale and the Upper Wharfe, but we are lacking information about how serious the problem is and how far invasive species have spread.

We need your help to build up data on invasive species occurrence. If you notice any Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed or other invasive species whilst you are out and about please send us record of it.

An easy way to do this is to download the PlantTracker app on a Smartphone or computer. The location of your sighting will be automatically sent to a database. If you are not able to access PlantTracker, send us a grid reference or location with a photograph and we will add it to our records.

If you would like further information or a pocket ID guide, please contact:  caitlin.pearson@yorkshiredalesriverstrust.com

Other opportunities

If you would like to volunteer with the Trust but would prefer to help with desk based activities, or if you have any special skills that would be useful to us, then please get in touch (caitlin.pearson@yorkshiredalesriverstrust.com).

We are particularly interested in recruiting people for the roles of:

  • Webmaster
  • Secretary

YDRT practical activities and upcoming events

DateActivityLocationPhysical rating
Wed 28th Oct 2015Willow coppicing and bundling.
Tree planting.
Large woody debris installation
Buckden Moderate
Wed 18th NovBank protectionCoverbridge nr. MiddlehamHigh
Wed 25th NovTree plantingUpper Wharfedale, nr. BuckdenModerate – High
Wed 9th DecTree plantingUpper Wharfedale, nr. BuckdenLow
JanuaryTree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
Catchment Walkover Survey
February Tree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
MarchTree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
AprilWillow Spiling & Bundling
Tree planting
MaySpraying & maintenance
Himalayan Balsam Pulling
JuneSpraying & maintenance
Himalayan Balsam Pulling
Electric Fishing
Catchment Walkover Surveying
JulySpraying & maintenance
Himalayan Balsam Pulling
Electric Fishing
Catchment Walkover Surveying
AugustHimalayan Balsam Pulling
Electric Fishing
Catchment Walkover Surveying
SeptemberHimalayan Balsam Pulling
Electric Fishing
Catchment Walkover Surveying
OctoberTree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
NovemberTree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
DecemberTree Planting
Willow Spiling & Bundling
Catchment Walkover Surveying

To get involved in these activities Join our volunteer mailing list and we will send you details of how to sign up to events.