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River Mel Restoration Group


The group continues to meet every three weeks and to carry out work that will enhance the flow of the river and the quality of the water and wildlife habitats. Recent water vole, invertebrate and fish surveys are all showing a positive improvement in numbers and trout continue to be seen, albeit in small numbers. There was certainly evidence that they were breeding on the riffle opposite Melwood in early spring this year.


In recent months most of the working parties have been on the Melbourn stretch of the river, as the bulk of the work in Meldreth has been completed - although of course this may change as replanting and repair work requires. Anyone is welcome to join these working groups.


We are always very keen to welcome new members to the RMRG. Membership is not restricted to people living along the river, nor does it mean having to be involved in the actual work. It is open to anyone interested in the work we do. Subscriptions are £10 per year per family. It is this money that enables us to purchase such things as tools and the protective clothing required for the river work. Substantial grants have been given to us over the years, but these are always very specific, and are in the main for materials, such as faggot bundles and gravel etc., needed for particular projects. There is little money available for the purchase of equipment: such things as rubber gloves and waders (which cost £90 per pair) for instance. Moreover, grant- giving bodies will often match the money we raise ourselves when allocating funds – so each subscription is extremely valuable on that score. Please get in touch with the Treasurer, Sandra Webb, on (01763) 261451 if you are interested.


Ann Barnes


Meldreth’s footpaths are maintained by volunteers


If you would like to join them, please telephone


(01763) 261258 or (01763) 269928 23


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