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Nature conservation group report for May

Posted on Friday 14th June 2019 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Scouts from the 1st Stoke Gifford Group standing on a large fallen tree during a bat walk.

An update from Sara Messenger of Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.

Pollution

Photo of a pollution sheen on the surface of water in Stoke Brook.

On Wednesday 1st May, we received the unwelcome news that we had pollution in our brooks again, and it was again coming from Stoke Brook by Sherbourne’s Brake. Reg Ward kindly doubled back to get some photographs for us, as these are required as evidence, and it was reported to the Environment Agency. The oily pollution had travelled through Forty Acres (Stoke Gifford) and I believe they also reported the problem. Although some areas still have oily patches, we think we have been lucky this time, as we haven’t found any signs of  lasting damage,

Savages Wood paths

Unknown to us, our paths had, for some, become a bit of a campaign issue. We are well aware of the state of the paths and have been lobbying the land owners (SGC) for many years for them to be improved; unfortunately their tree officers believed that a more solid path would have a negative impact on the tree roots and therefore the length of the trees’ lives. Path making methods have improved over the years and we were finally able to agree on a method which protects the tree roots while providing a path that does not resemble the Somme at its worst. In April 2018, we put together a grant application – which was unsuccessful, but after some tweaking, a second application was submitted in December 2018 which was approved. We are very pleased to finally be able to announce that the Enovert Community Trust has given us a grant of £25,000 which will shortly be used to improve more than 500m of woodland paths at the northern end of the reserve in Savages Woods. The total project budget is £29,444, so the extra funding has come from a combination of match funding supplied from South Gloucestershire Council’s Member Awarded Funding (MAF) Streetcare budget, the Conservation Group’s own funding, which came from our small reserves, and £2,152 of further MAF funding from Cllr Brian Hopkinson.

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Bowsland Green reporters probe the plastic plague

Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 8:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils proudly displaying their written work at the end of the presentation.

Young pupils at a Bradley Stoke primary school have been gathering opinions on the hot topic of plastic waste pollution after finding rubbish all over their playing field and watching films of animals trapped in plastic waste. The children, in the age range 5 to 7, conducted investigations and proudly presented their findings at a special event held on the last day of the spring term.

The project, at Bowsland Green Primary School, formed part of an ‘imaginary inquiry’ approach to learning called ‘Mantle of the Expert’.

Speaking to the Journal, Lottie Harris, Key Stage 1 teacher, outlined the work the pupils had undertaken in the build up to the presentation:

“Each year group takes on the role of a responsible organisation or team, who need to carry out an imaginary commission for an imaginary client. This term, Key Stage 1 were news reporters. Searching for a local news story, they were horrified to find lots of rubbish on their school field. When they investigated further, they learnt about plastic in our oceans and the danger that our animals are in. This made these young news reporters feel frustrated and angry! They were determined to share this story across the world.”

“After exploring the opinions of different people, including toy factory workers, families, the government and the environment agency, each class set about taking action and finding different ways of getting their story heard. We imagined working with clients such as BBC World and the environment department of different newspapers, creating news reports, new flashes and posters which we shared with the editor of the Bradley Stoke Journal during the concluding presentation.”

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Concern over “oil spill” in Stoke Brook

Posted on Saturday 21st April 2018 at 11:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water at one of the weirs on Stoke Brook.

Rob Williams of Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group writes:

As the snow disappeared  at the beginning of March and everybody breathed a sigh of relief that they could go back to work and school on the Monday, the melt-water was bringing an unwelcome delivery for our local nature reserves. Somewhere upstream of Forty Acres in Stoke Gifford, an oily substance had found its way into the Stoke Brook and was flowing downstream through the area.

The Environment Agency were contacted, as they are responsible for investigating pollution events in the water courses. South Gloucestershire Council and the town council were also informed and there were many messages and comments on the TBNCG Facebook page. The concern and interest from the public has been enormous.

The Environment Agency, along with Wessex Water, have spent many hours out searching for the source of the pollution. It may sound like a simple job to walk back up the brook until the culprit is found, but the brook is culverted under the railway and splits in several places. The oily substance is a light hydrocarbon and easily mixes with water, only showing on the surface where the water flow is slow. This means that booms or sponges in the brook won’t retain or absorb the oil and therefore haven’t been deployed.

The extent of the leak appears to be diminishing at the time of writing [mid-March] and there have been no visible effects on the local wildlife, yet. With events like this, it is very important that the public help by reporting direct to the Environment Agency. Investigations can then be conducted straight away.

If you spot a worsening of this spill, please phone 0800 807060 and quote incident reference number 1594021. Please also report any future spills on the same number.

Photo: A rainbow sheen on the surface of the water at one of the weirs on Stoke Brook is a tell-tale indicator of a pollution incident upstream in Stoke Gifford  or Filton

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 11). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,200 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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