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.
We also need volunteers to help us with our Invasive Species Watch. We are developing a programme to eradicate tackle 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. 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 would like further information or a pocket ID guide, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for a volunteer Webmaster, Secretary and Education Officer.
If you are interested in being involved please join our Volunteering Mailing list to keep updated with future events .
Willow spiling is a ‘Green Engineering’ river restoration technique aimed at tackling severe erosion and reducing sedimentation. The process involved weaving live willow around stakes situated at the toe of eroding banks. When the willow grows the root matt provides the bank with added strength and the ability to withstand further erosion, additionally the added cover is great for juvenile fish and aquatic life.
Riverbank fencing is a method of enhancing the surrounding River environment also known as the riparian zone. The idea is that if you prevent livestock access to the riverbank then natural regeneration of trees and vegetation will begin to grow, creating a corridor for wildlife and important for refugee. Furthermore, it also stabilises the banks and acts as a buffer from diffuse agricultural pollution. The trust installs flood fencing as it ensures longevity, how this differs to normal stock fencing is that, plain wire is used to prevent the build-up of debris and breaks every 50m are made so that it can be easily maintained. Most of this work is conducted by contractors.
Trees are often planted in the same location as cattle grazing. In these circumstances normal tree shelters are not enough to protect the trees from cattle crushing them, therefore we plant the tree in a more substantial guard using wire mesh and fence posts.
Electric fishing is a surveying technique used to monitor fish populations in rivers and streams. Predominately the YDRT focus on small rivers and becks to monitor juvenile recruitment to indicate the health of fish populations. A small electrical current is passed through the water which temporarily stuns the fish, they are the caught, measured, identified and return safely (no fish are harmed).
Time of Year: Electric fishing is conducted between July and September.
Work Level: Moderate- It must be noted that the electric fishing cannot be undertaken by persons with underlying heart conditions or pacemakers.
Electric Fishing is an exciting and interesting activity. You might be surprised where some fish live.