( Date: 30.03.2023 10:00 am - 12:30 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Dunham Massey

Join us to finish work on brand new wetland areas created at Dunham Massey! We will be creating small leaky dams and dead hedges.

We will be working at the Dunham Massey estate to create some dead hedges and leaky dams as part of our project creating brand new wetland areas! Work will include use of hand tools such as loppers and saws. Equipment and training will be provided.

This work party will run from 10am-12:30pm and we will be meeting at Dunham Massey car park. To gain access to the estate please let gate staff know that you are visiting as a volunteer with Mersey Rivers Staff.

To register for this event, please sign up via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/595746522887  

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going, and your own work gloves if you have them. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear (steel toe caps if you have them). Long trousers, long sleeves, and warm layers are recommended! If you don't have steel toe cap boots, please let us know in the sign up form what size you need and we will bring you some to borrow.

If you have any questions please contact Abi Cutler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

( Date: 02.04.2023 10:00 am - 12:30 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

Join us this Sunday 2 April for a litter pick along the River Irk around Hendham Vale, Manchester. 

Meet at 10am at Queen's Road entrance to Queen's Park, Manchester, M9 5FF. 

All equipment provided but please wear strong shoes/boots and clothing suited to early April weather conditions.  

This event is supporting the Keep Britain Tidy / Keep Manchester Tidy Big Spring Clean programme and our Plastic Free Mersey programme. 

( Date: 16.04.2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

 

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Mersey Rivers Trust is pleased to be supporting the work by British Canoeing, the Angling Trust and Canal & Rivers Trust to remove the Floating Pennywort invasive plant species from the River Weaver to protect fish, other wildlife and recreation on this waterway.

WHEN: Sunday 16th April 2023, from 10:00am until 3pm

Any time you can offer throughout the day will be greatly appreciated.  PLEASE NOTE: you must REGISTER IN ADVANCE to volunteer

Please register your attendance by 14th April at latest at:

Pennywort voluntary day (Jake) - Formstack

WHERE: The River Weaver near Weaver Parkway, Winsford.  Specific parking and meeting arrangements will be communicated to all who register

WHAT WE WILL BE DOING?  There will be a role for anyone who wishes to help. There will be opportunities to:-

  • Work from the water in or on a canoe/kayak/paddleboard
  • Work from the side of bank (as this is deep water – no wading permitted)
  • Non-physical supporting roles - do whatever you feel comfortable with!

For information: Floating Pennywort is an Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) from South America and is threatening the habitat and native species of the River Weaver. It creates a heavy matting of vegetation on the river surface, reducing sunlight and oxygen to the water below and making paddle sports very difficult. 

After the success of other volunteer action days, the Angling Trust and British Canoeing are continuing the battle against Floating Pennywort on the River Weaver with this event and further events during 2023.  Please come along to support this activity.

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( Date: 17.04.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Mottram Bridge

Join us on a litter pick with the Mottram St Andrews Fly Fishers to clean up the river Bollin! We will be meeting at Mottram Bridge, Mill Lane, Mottram St. Andrew, SK10 4LW. This work party will run from 10am-12:00pm.

Equipment will be provided, but if you have your own gloves and wellies please bring them with you. If you don't have wellies, please indicate on the order form if you would like to borrow some, and what size you will need.

To register for this event, please sign up via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/601470764247 

 

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going, and your own work gloves if you have them. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear (steel toe cap wellies you have them). Long trousers, long sleeves, and warm layers are recommended!

If you have any questions please contact Abi Cutler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

( Date: 29.04.2023 11:00 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Court Hey Park

Join us at Court Hey Park, Huyton to take part in the #CityNatureChallenge for Liverpool City Region ???????

The event will take place on Saturday 29th April between 11am and 3pm and will include Wildlife Recording, Outdoor Activities, Refreshments and lots more ?
We're teaming up with Knowsley Council, Merseyside Biobank and Friends of Court Hey Park to run this exciting event for the whole family ?
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( Date: 16.05.2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Twinnies Bridge

Join us at The Carrs park in Wilmslow to learn new practical conservation skills and help us restore an area of eroded riverbank!

We will be working in partnership with the Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers at The Carrs Park, Wilmslow to reinforce and repair the banks of the River Bollin. Learn new skills and enjoy some time outdoors at a wonderful local park.

This work party will run from 10am-3pm and we will be meeting in the Twinnies Bridge car park off Styal Road.

For this working party you will need wellies (preferrable steel toe caps, let us know on the order form if you would like to borrow some) or waders. Bring lunch and your own work gloves if you have them, and please wear suitable outdoor clothing. Long trousers and sleeves are recommended!

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Please also make sure you bring enough water and food to keep you going throughout the day!

To register for this event please sign up via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/630448858507

If you have any questions, email Abi at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

( Date: 18.06.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

Join us to tackle Himalayan Balsam on the banks of the river Bollin with Friends of the Bowdon Bollin and the Bollin Valley Partnership!

We will be working near Ashley Mill bridge, just off Ashley Mill Lane. No previous experience is required!

Parking is street parking on Grange Road: Grange Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 3EE. Grid reference: SJ 76360 86165. What3Words:///surley.drill.palm

Meet at the bridge to start the working party, What3Words: ///gentle.splash.frozen or grid reference: SJ 76719 85686

This work party will run from 10am-12:00pm. Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going, and your own work gloves if you have them (we will only have a small number of gloves to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

To register for this event please follow the instructions on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/649041228787 

( Date: 18.06.2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Wilmslow Parish Hall Car Park

Join us to tackle Himalayan Balsam on the banks of the river Bollin with Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Partnership!

We will be meeting at Wilmslow Parish Hall car park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow. No previous experience is required!

This work party will run from 2pm - 4pm. Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going, and your own work gloves if you have them (we will only have a small number of gloves to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

To register for this event please follow the instructions on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/649054939797 

( Date: 25.06.2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

It's the Manchester Festival of Nature on Sunday 25 June !

Come and join us at the Heaton Park Stables Garden, Heaton Park, Manchester. 12 noon to 4pm. Free entry!

We will be showcasing our work to improve rivers across Greater Manchester and will have a display of river insects that live in Manchester's rivers.

( Date: 9:00 am 03.07.2023 - 5:00 pm 09.07.2023 )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

Specific details for each event are provided on this page...registration on Eventbrite is required for some events

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( Date: 04.07.2023 10:00 am - 12:30 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Bow Lane, Bowdon

Join us to celebrate Mersey Rivers Week by tackling invasive Himalayan Balsam on the banks of the river Bollin.

We are joining up with the Bollin Valley Partnership and Friends of the Bowdon Bollin to tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam. We will be working near the river Bollin, near John O Jerusalem, just past Bow Green Farm, Bow Lane, Altrincham. Parking is just past the farm buildings (what3words: ///global.shark.throwaway).

This work party will run from 10am until approx. 12:30pm. Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going. Bring your own work gloves if you have them (we will have a small number available to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

To register for this event please follow the instructions on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/661004581497 

( Date: 04.07.2023 10:30 am - 1:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Croxteth Hall & Country Park

Join MRT and Croxteth Park Volunteer Group to do various tasks around Croxteth Park including Balsam Bashing, willow control and litter picking.
Wear suitable outdoor clothing.
No need to book. Meet at the wetland. Equipment provided.

( Date: 05.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

PFM_Logo_complex_30x30cm.pngTo mark the 2nd anniversary of our Plastic Free Mersey programme, we are holding a Plastic Litter Blitz along the River Irk in north Manchester on Wednesday 5 July from 10am to 1pm.

We will be doing a litter pick along the River Irk and sorting the litter we find using our Plastic Free Mersey litter survey method to categorise the litter collected: plastic, glass, paper, metal, etc. 

We will meet at 10am at Queen's Park, Manchester by the road entrance to the park, just off Queen's Road/Park View.  Nearest postcode is M9 5FF.  5 minutes walk from Queen's Road Metrolink stop.

All equipment provided.  Please wear strong shoes/boots and long trousers are highly recommended due to nettles and brambles along parts of the route.  Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. 

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( Date: 05.07.2023 10:00 am - 12:30 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Tatton Park

Join us to celebrate Mersey Rivers Week by tackling Himalayan Balsam to prevent it's spread on the beautiful Tatton Park estate!

No previous experience is required!

This work party will run from 10am - 12:30pm. We will be meeting at the Old Hall car park (what3words: ///stud.throw.tungsten or grid reference: SJ 75565/80869). Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going, and your own work gloves if you have them (we will have gloves for you to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

To register for this event please follow the instructions on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/649068821317 

( Date: 06.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

Join us for a guided walk along the River Irk from Manchester Victoria Station to Queen's Park, Manchester (5 mins walk from Queen's Road Metrolink Stop).  10am to 1pm. 

We will discuss the environment and heritage of the River Irk in the heart of urban Manchester. 

Places are limited to 20 people - please register in advance if you wish to come along at: Love Your River Irk - Guided River Walk: Victoria Station to Queen's Park Tickets, Thu 6 Jul 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Please wear strong footwear suitable for walking on uneven ground. Please wear clothing suited to the weather conditions.  Please bring a drink.  We will provide some snacks. 

 

 

 

( Date: 06.07.2023 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Ashley Road, Ashley WA14 3QQ

Join us to tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam on the banks of Birkin Brook with Birkin Fly Fishers.

To register for this event please sign up via this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/673081554047 

We will be working along the banks of Birkin Brook, near Ashley Road, Ashley WA14 3QQ. Access is via a farm track. Enter the track adjacent to Ashley Bridge signposted to Birtles Farm. Parking is adjacent to the cattle grid 200m from roadway – park on right before grid, being careful not to block gate used by horse riders.

What3words location for parking: ///town.nerve.resist

Google maps location for parking: https://goo.gl/maps/vFtNs37YkMr3vAmt9

This work party will run from 10am until approx. 3:00pm, but you are welcome to join in for as little or as long as you want. Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants and potentially "bashing" using hand tools to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going. Bring your own work gloves if you have them (we will have a small number available to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear, wellies or good boots are best. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

( Date: 07.07.2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Castleshaw Centre Waterworks Road Delph OL3 5LZ
This will be a walk of approx 5.5 miles, taking photos and recording info alongside the upper reaches of the River Tame and Hull Brook.
The purpose is to survey and gather information on:
• The presence of invasive non-native vegetation
• Land use
• Any potentially polluting outfalls into the river
As we will be stopping to record and photograph the pace will be leisurely and the walk will take about 4 hours.
There will be one short steep ascent and descent near the start and then most of the walk will be on level ground alongside the river or stream. We will be mainly on field footpaths and bridleways, with some road walking.
Wear walking boots/shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Because we will be walking in areas where deer and sheep – and therefore ticks – are present we strongly recommend long trousers. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water, and a packed lunch
We will have access to the toilets at the Castleshaw Centre at the start and end of the walk; otherwise there are no public toilets available on this route. There are opportunities to stop for light refreshments in Denshaw and Delph.
Meet at the Castleshaw Centre Car Park, Waterworks Road, OL3 5LZ at 10am.
Grid reference: SD 99689 09217
What3Words: regulates.squashes.mulls
( Date: 08.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event

Event postponed from this weekend (24 June) to Saturday 8 July due to current low oxygen levels in River Weaver. Remaining details unchanged.

Mersey Rivers Trust is supporting the River Weaver Floating Pennywort removal programme run by British Canoeing and the Angling Trust.

Want to help? The next volunteer event is Saturday 8 July, 10am-1pm at Weaver Parkway, Winsford.

Register in advance please at: Pennywort voluntary day (Jake) - Formstack

Details below:flier River Weaver 24th

( Date: 08.07.2023 11:00 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Croxteth Hall & Country Park
Join us for our second annual BioBlitz at Croxteth Park to discover the wildlife that lives there. We will have river invertebrates, crafts, scavenger hunts and more!
River Safari | Guided Walks | Crafts
No booking required. Look out for our branded gazebos on the front lawn area by the hall.
 
 
( Date: 11.07.2023 9:30 am - 3:00 pm )
Calendar: MRT
Free event
Rossmill Woodland

Join us to tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam and improve the meadow habitat at Rossmill Woodland on the banks of the river Bollin.

To register for this event please sign up via this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/673097401447 

We are joining up with the Bollin Valley Partnership to tackle invasive Himalayan Balsam and undertake any meadow management tasks required on the day at Rossmill Woodland.

What3Words location: ///reinvest.butlers.ridge

This work party will run from 9:30am until approx. 3:00pm, but you are welcome to join in for as little or as long as you want. Work will involve hand pulling of balsam plants and potentially "bashing" using hand tools to prevent it from going to seed and spreading further. Full training will be provided.

The session is outdoors so make sure you have waterproofs and sun protection as needed. Bring plenty of food and water to keep you going. Bring your own work gloves if you have them (we will have a small number available to borrow if you don't have your own). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear, wellies or good boots are best. Long trousers and long sleeves are advised to protect your arms and legs, as balsam often grows alongside nettles and brambles!

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