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£1,415
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    Weʼve raised £1,415 to Purchase the tools and equipment we need to carry out restoration work on Gilling Beck which has been devastated by pollution.

    Richmond, North Yorkshire
    Funded on Wednesday, 16th August 2023

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    On Thursday 13th April 2023 the previously healthy water of Gilling Beck turned black and remained black for twenty four hours. The cause of this devastating event is currently under investigation by the authorities. The tragic result of this pollution incident was the extermination of every living aquatic creature in the system from Ravensworth to the River Swale at Brompton. The previously thriving fish population mainly consisting of brown trout and grayling was wiped out. Some rarer fish were also found dead in the water course including lamprey, and salmon parr plus a perch and a large chub. The invertebrates on which the fish feed were decimated too. Gilling West Fly Fishing club hope that with advice and guidance from the Wild Trout Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, The Dales Rivers Trust and The Angling Trust we can implement measures to speed up the recovery process to eventually restore the ecosystem to what it was before. We hope that we will have the support of our brilliant local farmers and land owners most of whom are as keen as we are to look after the countryside. Also from the local community who love nature and enjoy watching the otters, kingfishers, ducks, water voles and other birds and animals that live in and by the water. It will take many years for the system to recover but there are lots of things we can do to help. Log deflectors fixed to the river bed put oxygen into the water. Tree branches fixed to the bank side provide fish cover from predation, reduce erosion and are habitat for insects. Trees growing along the edge provide shade and cover and their roots stabilize the banks and are shelter and residence for fish and invertebrates. There is much that we can do. We need funds to purchase the tools and materials required. For example : Steel reinforcing bars and wire to fix things in position on the river bed or bank. Timber, nails, electric saws, hand tools such as mauls. Custom made rebar caps and modified post knockers to hammer in the rebar. We need water monitoring kits to enable us to keep testing the water for the next five years. We will also have to pay for periodical electrofishing surveys to enable us to evaluate the type, number and size of fish as they eventually start to return. This is a major undertaking. It would be easy just to walk away but we are up for the challenge. We have a wonderful team of dedicated people who are willing to give up their time to do what has to be done but we need funds. If you love nature as we do and would like to see Gilling and Skeeby Beck recover please make a donation.

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    • Ronald Wood1 year ago
      Ronald Wood

      Ronald Wood

      1 year ago

      Local people and anglers attended river fly training courses held at Gilling West village hall. Twelve testing sites along the beck from Brompton on Swale to Dalton have been selected and registered with the Environment Agency. Monitoring begins soon.

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    • Ronald Wood1 year ago
      Ronald Wood

      Ronald Wood

      1 year ago

      We have been working with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust to set up a river fly monitoring network on the full course of the beck. Two training courses have been held and sites selected and registered with the Environment Agency. Regular monitoring of the invertebrates gives a good indication of the water quality. Data is collected and uploaded to a website. A trigger point is set for each location. Should the score fall below a certain value it triggers a response for the EA to come out and investigate.

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    • Ronald Wood1 year ago
      Ronald Wood

      Ronald Wood

      1 year ago

      I will be speaking about the pollution of Gilling Beck at the Save Our Swale public meeting to be held on Wednesday 12th July at the Town Hall, Richmond, 7.30 pm. This is an open meeting. All are welcome to come and support the campaign to clean up our river.

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    36

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 6, 2023

      £50.00

    • MICHAEL WATSON

      MICHAEL WATSON

      Jul 19, 2023

      Keep going!

      £5.00

    • Eelregor

      Eelregor

      Jul 19, 2023

      much luck with your effort and hope retribution is forthcoming.

      £10.00

    • Markus from germany

      Markus from germany

      Jul 10, 2023

      Hello Fly Fishing friends,I read about the desastrous event to your lovely small stream. I feel with you, hope and wish you and for the beautiful nature there a soon and good recovery !👍👍👍Markus

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 31, 2023

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 26, 2023

      £5.00

    • Will Smith

      Will Smith

      May 25, 2023

      A semi blank canvas for the future health of the Beck

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