November 2020
Finding ourselves in a second lockdown, we wanted to send our best wishes your way this newsletter. In this difficult and uncertain time we hope nature will provide comfort, solace and sanctuary, once again. In order to help drive down the virus, we've postponed our in-person events this month and will be planning a range of online activities for you to get involved with instead. We'll also be sending out two 'From Home to the River' newsletters this month - hope you enjoy them!

Take care,
Online activities
Keep an eye on our  News & Actvities page as over the next few weeks we'll be filling it with ideas and online events for the month ahead. We'll also be reintroducing our online volunteer teabreaks so our volunteer team can stay connected - hope to see you there!
Photography Competition:  Don Catchment in Autumn/Winter

After the success of our last ‘River in Spring’ photo competition, during the first lockdown (see winners and entries here), we’re asking you again to share your seasonal images with us whilst you’re out along your local river. The theme is 'Don Catchment in Autumn/Winter' and you can win a wildlife camera worth £100!
Art Workshop: Printing from Nature with Lucie Maycock
Sat 7th November, 2-3pm (ONLINE)

Make sure to register for your free ticket  (click here)

Part of a series of creative arts workshops themed on the nature, heritage, industry and history surrounding the River Rother. Capture the beauty and unique qualities of plants and the natural world. Join artist Lucie Maycock as she shows you how to make beautiful leaf printing art using natural materials in any season!

The artwork from this series of workshops will be used in the designs of the interpretation boards and waymarkers on the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams walking trails.

Hosted in partnership with  Kakou as part of the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams walking trails project.

Spot a Salmon!
As winter approaches more and more Atlantic salmon will hopefully be making their way from sea to our rivers.  With Masbrough fish pass finished this year, this year's migration season will be the first with all barriers up to the spawning grounds in Sheffield passable. It's a great time to look out for salmon on weirs and fishpasses on the River Don. Please make sure to share any sightings with us and find out more about the salmon's journey in this blog.
In celebration of World Fish Migration Day we've put together this short film on how we've improved the catchment for fish migration in 2020 (one new fish pass and our first weir removal!), featuring Project Manager Rachel Walker.

You can find out more about the weir removal project in our latest blog
"Weir's the weir gone!"

Join us in saying #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players

On Thursday 19 November recipients of National Lottery funding are saying thank you to players for their contribution to good causes by posting a crossed finger selfie.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund have funded our charity millions of pounds over the years, giving staff and volunteers the means to protect and conserve our rivers!

Want to join in? Send us a riverside selfie and we'll create a montage to say thanks!

Leaky Dams
Last month we were thrilled to be able to start putting some leaky dams in the woodland rivers of the Moss Valley. A common tool in natural flood management, leaky dams are essentially logs that are secured in place across streams and small rivers that cause water to back up behind them once levels start to rise during heavy rainfall. This helps to slow the rate of water travelling through the landscape during storms by temporarily storing it behind the dams which slowly leak, and by causing water to spill out onto the floodplain where it is safe to do so. More on all things leaky dams in this video.  A massive thank you to Heather who owns the woods and her volunteers for their hard work getting these in! We’ve unfortunately had to postpone our November leaky dam volunteer days but we’ll reschedule as soon as we can so keep an eye out for sign up if you’re keen! 

Soak Up Nature Training - 1 hour workshops, Free

Signs of Winter Wildlife, Friday 20th Nov (2-3pm) 

Sign up via the zoom link here.
Join Russ Hedley, from Nature Talks & Walks on a digital wildlife walk, learning the sights and sounds of winter! Learn to identify berries and tree buds, mushrooms and winter birds.

Beetls of the Riverbank, Friday 11th Dec (11am-12pm) 
gn up via the zoom link here.
Diving beetles are the scuba-divers of the animal world, trapping bubbles of air under their wings which they carry with them underwater to breathe.  With two pairs of eyes, the surface-dwelling whirligig beetle can see both above and below the water's surface at the same time!
Join Katy Potts, Biodiversity Officer at the Natural History Museum, for an introductory online training course on 'Beetles of the Riverbank' and find out how beetles are adapted to life on the water's edge.

Citizen Science Update
Our citizen science team have been sampling the river Rother to see the effect weir removal might have on the freshwater invertebrate communities in the river. Find out more about the project and freshwater invertebrate identification by listening to our webinar at
Secrets of the Stream...
Matt's Mushroom Meanderings
"Let me take you on a walk through some of the mushrooms I have seen over the last few months. Some of them have been spotted on volunteer days and others whilst I’ve just been out and about..." READ MORE HERE
A Draining Experience!
Read our latest guest blog from volunteer Antony Meadows

Since I began volunteering with DCRT, I’ve found many interesting objects along the river banks and woodland areas where we have been litter picking. I’ve written before about the bricks I’ve found from many different manufacturers and the pottery finds that have been unearthed. This time, though, my attention has been drawn to something else we can see every day but ordinarily we would take little notice of – the humble drain cover.
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