Meet our Catchment Champions
A key role for the ACCP is to engage people and groups from across the region to help improve our precious water environments. The ACCP Catchment Champions are a group of individuals already working hard throughout the catchment to do this. They represent the 7 operational catchments that make up the Aire and Calder. These are the Upper Aire, Middle Aire, Lower Aire, Upper Calder, Middle Calder, Lower Calder and the Colne and Holme.
The Catchment Champions will provide a valuable link to local groups within the Aire and Calder catchment. Their role will be an integral part of realising the partnerships vision:
“A healthy and wildlife rich water environment within the Aire and Calder that is valued and enjoyed, bringing increased social and economic benefits to all”
For the next couple of months we will profile a different Catchment Champion each week, so that you can get to know the person representing your area! Our Second week focuses on the Middle Calder Catchment Champion.
Middle Calder Catchment Champion – Seonaidh Jamieson
When I’m not upside down I am a Project Officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, working on the Clifton Beck catchment. With the help of a wonderful group of volunteers we have planted 870 trees to create and improve buffer strips on farmland at the top of the catchment, we are removing beech and planting native trees to improve diversity in areas of Judy Woods, and we are improving the buffer strips in Wellholme Park in Brighouse. This will improve the habitat and water quality along the beck for trout, kingfishers, dippers and the local community.
My work with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is heavily focused on the community in the area. We have run a water friendly farming workshop to engage with local landowners, and will be running a similar event for horse owners in the area on the 1st of May. We are visiting several schools in the area to talk to Year 4s about water quality and river habitats, with the first visits happening in March. I’m always happy to provide more information on our workshops and school visits if you would like to learn more!
Through my role with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust I have also become involved with the Calder Rivers Trust and support their work where I can. I do occasionally spend time away from rivers, volunteering on the Yorkshire Pine Marten Project with NatureSpy and doing anything I can that involves bats!
For more information
You can find out more about what’s going on in the Middle Calder Catchment by going to our Actionable Plan. Or if you have any queries, or want to find out how you can get involved in the area, then please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org