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Progress in Prislow Woods

Thanks to our recent successful funding application, progress is now being made towards building an accessible path through Prislow Woods. The clearance work is being done as quickly as possible to be completed before nesting season.

Have a look at the latest in these work in progress photos:

Check Dams

Some of the cleared logs are being used to build check dams: temporary structures to slow and reduce flood water.

Nature Piles

As the workers clear some areas to make space for the path, branches and logs are being made into nature piles as they go. These will provide important habitats for a variety of wildlife, including insects, birds, and mammals.

Watch this space for more information about the progress being made to link up this section of the Falmouth Green Corridor.

Prislow Woods Boardwalk Funding

We are really pleased to announce that the Prislow Woods boardwalk project has been awarded over £43,000, which will fund the completion of the project. The boardwalk will create a safe and accessible pathway through Prislow Woods, connecting them with Swanvale Nature Reserve. Prislow Woods forms an important part of the Falmouth Green Corridor, and completing this path will bridge a gap between them and other parts of the corridor, a major step forward in creating a route following the Bickland Stream through green spaces.

The funding has been awarded by the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, a Cornwall Council scheme which awards funding to projects that aim to provide a greener future for their communities, focussing on those projects which support low-carbon infrastructure.

For the full press release, and a list of other projects who recieved funding, please visit www.falmouthpacket.co.uk

Members of Prislow woods held events such as their crafternoon, to raise funds when
the group first began

Stream Monitoring with Westcountry Rivers Trust

Members from some of the groups which make up the Falmouth Green Corridor (Prislow Woods Community Project, Swanpool Forum, Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland and Plastic Free Falmouth) have joined the Westcountry Rivers Trusts’ Citizen Scientific Investigation Programme. 

The programme relies on volunteers to monitor water in their local area, to feed back information to the trust. Until now Falmouth has had no volunteers taking samples, so this is a really positive step for the community in Falmouth, and for the Westcountry Rivers Trust.

The individuals participated in training from representatives of WRT, which was a very informative and enjoyable day learning about varying water quality, the causes of bad water quality, and what we can all do to improve the quality of our local watercourses. This was followed by training in how to use various equipment to measure turbidity, temperature, dissolved solids, and Phosphate. 

The participating groups now have testing kits from WRT, and will be able to monitor the Bickland stream at specific points between its course at Kergilliack and its outlet at Swanpool Beach. This monitoring will give us vital data on the water quality at different times of year and in different areas, and will lead us to information regarding where problems occur and how we can improve any issues with water quality.
Alongside this, it will provide the Westcountry Rivers trust with information that will support their ongoing work protecting streams and rivers in the South West.

Keep an eye on our website to find out how were getting on with the monitoring.

For more information on the Citizen Scientific Investigation programme, and how to get involved, visit wrt.org.uk

Yellow Fish Campaign

Members of the Falmouth Green Corridor, supported by the Environment Agency, have formed a sub group to join a larger scale, national project; The Yellow Fish Campaign. The campaign has been used in other localities with huge success, and as the Falmouth Green Corridor follows the course of the Bickland stream, the Yellow Fish Campaign is an important part of our ongoing work. 

The campaign highlights the importance of what should, and shouldn’t, go down our surface water drains. Education is key, with the aim being to raise awareness of the importance of surface water drains taking only rain, as they lead directly to streams, rivers and the sea, and the water that goes down them is not treated. Pollutants entering these watercourses can affect water quality, become a hazard to individual plants and animals, and lead to detrimental effects on whole ecosystems.

The first part of the project will include providing informative leaflets to both businesses and individuals, outlining the importance of the project, and providing links to more information. We hope to teach the public how to tell the difference between foul and surface drains, what can go down these drains, and the damage which can be caused if pollutants end up down the wrong drains. Following this, drains in the residential and industrial areas which feed into the Bickland stream, will be marked with a “yellow fish” symbol, to remind people of the campaign, and that what goes down the drain affects the watercourse. 

A small team will also be giving presentations in local schools, to teach new generations the importance of taking care of our water systems, encouraging them to share their knowledge and understand better the relationship between us and the natural world around us. 

For more information on the project, please visit the Facebook page: @yellowfishfalmouth

Local organisations involved in the project include: