January 2021
Happy New Year from all of us at DCRT. We haven't got off to a brilliant start have we? Wishing you all the best for 2021 and hope you're all keeping safe and well.

Over lockdown we'll continue our monthly newsletter and make sure you keep an eye on our
News & Activities page for activities, videos and more. In this issue we announce our photography competition winners, our annual volunteer survey and have some footage of leaky dams in action (they're working!)

Stay strong!

Photography Competition  WINNERS!
After the success of our lockdown ‘River in Spring’ photo competition we decided to run another one for the autumn/winter season. Again, we had many brilliant entries – all of which can be viewed here. Thank you to all that took the time to enter, we had a great time looking through your photos of our beautiful catchment.

But now here are the winning entries as voted for by the staff team at DCRT:

1st Place
Winner of an Ltl Acorn 5210a wildlife camera 

Damflask in December
by Richard Hall

" Damflask is a reservoir we enjoy walking around. This image feels cold and wintry with dead grasses and snow on the hill, but it is the ducks gliding into frame on the smooth water that complete the image for me."

2nd Place

Snow Island
by Andrew Littlewood

"I worked in Attercliffe for two years and the canal provided a great retreat from the office. I enjoy walking the tow path with my camera capturing how the light, seasons, nature and human activity change the appearance of the canal. Here, we see the canal on 28 February 2018 as I walked home from work having left the car behind due to snow."

3rd Place

Wyming Brook in Autumn
by Richard Hall

"This image expresses how I feel about one of my favourite places. The cascade of rushing water contrasting with the solid stationary rocks covered by moss and leaves all wrapped up in wonderful colour

See the full gallery here

Volunteer Survey is LIVE!
We always appreciate your feedback to help guide our volunteer programme and make sure we are doing the best job we can!

Our annual volunteer survey is now open to DCRT volunteers CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY
Citizen Science Survey of the Month:

The Big Garden Birdwatch is held on the last weekend (29th-31st of January). This year the RSPB has created a programme of live events so there should be plenty to get involved with. Click here for more info.
Solo & Buddy Volunteering
Sadly we have had to cancel our volunteer group tasks over the lockdown. However, for volunteers who still wish to get out to clean up the riversides as part of their daily exercise, we can offer a Solo Volunteering Kit. Get in touch with the team to get set up as a solo volunteer!
Natural Flood Management Update
The bad weather in the build up to Christmas provided the first real test for some of the natural flood management measures we have been installing this year. Leaky dams built by volunteers in the Moss Valley kicked into action, functioning as a break to rising flows, temporarily slowing and storing water behind them (see video) as did this woven spiling (below) put in place across a small overland flow. Huge thanks to all the volunteers that helped us install these features!

At farmland along the banks of the River Rother between Grassmoor and Hasland, the field corner ponds and scrapes (shallow depressions) we dug in with the landowner filled with water, keeping it out of the rising river system (photos below). It was fantastic to see all these measures doing their job with each one helping to slow and capture flows. The more of these features in the landscape, the more meaningful an impact they will have on reducing downstream flood risk. We will be busy through lockdown preparing for more of these works to take place as soon as we can get back out again.  

Wildlife Reads
With a bit more time on our hands over the next few weeks, why not get stuck into a new book. Read DCRT Trustee, Pete Worrall's review of 'Salmon by Mark Kurlansky' below.

A fascinating read that not only details the biology of this ‘King of Fish’ but also traces and describes the relationships people have had with salmon through the ages. The book also traces how human activity in the past and in the present is impacting the future survival of this magnificent fish. In many ways this book sets a perfect context for appreciating the significance of the return of wild Atlantic salmon to the upper reaches of the River Don in Sheffield after 200 years of absence. The story of the extinction of the River Don’s salmon is one which has been repeated in all corners of the Northern Hemisphere, and Mark Kurlansky’s book brings home the risk of global extinction of this species and what needs to be done to prevent such a catastrophe... READ MORE HERE

This is an elegantly written book which combines the biology of salmon with social and political history in a very readable way. He even inserts recipes throughout the text for cooking salmon!
Reflections of 2020
2020 at the Don Catchment Rivers Trust
Can you remember a different time when we were free to travel wherever we wanted to go, see whoever we wanted to see? Well this era was known as January and February 2020. We ran a volunteer day every week during this time with as many people as wanted to come along. This is genuinely enough to give you nightmares in the current climate. However after the lockdown hit in March we had to adapt to find new ways of volunteering... READ MORE
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