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Events aiming to celebrate and protect River Waveney to be staged in Beccles

PUBLISHED: 09:18 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 29 March 2018

A swan taking off on the River Waveney. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A swan taking off on the River Waveney. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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A series of events celebrating and preserving the beauty of the River Waveney are set to be staged in Beccles.

The River Waveney Trust (RWT) have organised an informative lecture and volunteer litter sweep to help protect the prized wild-life asset.

On Monday, April 9, the trust’s “resident naturalist” Tony Brown will be performing a talk entitled ‘The River Waveney and its Wildlife’ at Blyburgate Hall.

The lecture will begin at 7.30pm and tickets for the event, costing £5, include a complementary drink and nibbles upon arrival.

All profits from the event will go to the RWT and help fund future projects.

The following week the Trust has arranged the River Waveney Litter Pick in conjunction with the Beccles Bombles – a local volunteer litter picking troupe.

At 3pm on Tuesday, April 17, a fleet of small boats will set of from Beccles Lido along the river to collect litter.

Representatives from the Broads Authority, Big Dog Ferry and Hippersons Boatyard are all expected to attend.

A RWT spokesman said: “We thought this would be a good opportunity to clean up and celebrate one of our greatest assets.”

The trust was formed in Matrch 2012 as an offshoot of the River Waveney Association.

The spokesman added: “We are part of the national Rivers Trust movement.

“We have five local groups in Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles and Lowestoft.

“The aims of the trust and its members is to care for the river, it ecology, water quality and environment guided by our local Broadland Catchment Plan.

“We place a big emphasis on working with our local communities and deliver courses and educational events.

“We always welcome corporate and individual volunteering for work on our open spaces across the catchment.”

Since 2015 the RWT have also ran the Halcyons Youth Section – a project which enables children aged 5-14 to learn more about the local wildlife and become involved in the work of the trust.

Membership of Halcyons enables children to be invited to events, such as ‘Learn to Fish’ throughout the year during school holidays.

To learn more about the opportunities available with the trust’s Halcyon group email Janine Lascelles at halcyonrwt@gmail.com

For more information on the River Waveney Trust visit www.rwt.tidyhq.com or call 07398 832 628.

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