‘Help us to save unique chalk rivers’ - call for volunteers in Snettisham, Heacham and South Creake

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Tackling invasive species or monitoring invertebrates could be some of the tasks undertaken by volunteers thanks to a new guardianship scheme.

Norfolk Rivers Trust is looking for families, couples and individuals who are willing to give up their time to help care for their local river.

The trust is looking to find volunteers to help care for three unique chalk rivers – the Ingol, in Snettisham, the Heacham and the Burn, which runs from South Creake.

Jonathan Lewis, a trust liaison officer, said volunteers can get a lot from the scheme and do not have to make a big commitment.

He said: “We have chosen chalk rivers. There are nine in Norfolk and only 200 worldwide. They are unique and really threatened which is why we have chosen them.

“All are under various pressures such as modifications invasive species and silt run off from roads.

“Local knowledge is vital to us and we are keen to hear what people know about the river, the problems it faces and what they’d like us to focus on in the future.”

The trust is holding three open days, which will include a river walk, a talk and children’s activities.

Events, which run from 10am to 4pm, will be held at North Creake Village Hall on Sunday, February 9, Sedgeford Village Hall on Saturday, February 22 and Snettisham Village Hall on Saturday, March 8.

To book a place email jonathan@norfolkriverstrust.org and for more information visit www.norfolkriverstrust.org