September 2016 – Volunteering for 2 weeks
“I am an Environmental Science student studying at the University of Southampton and have a great time getting stuck in with some practical volunteer work with BART. I have had an amazing experience getting involved with river enhancement projects on the River Marden and Midford Brook. I thoroughly enjoyed being waist deep in water constructing brushwood berms which enhanced flows and created new biological habitats. It was amazing to see the difference each structure made. By the end of each construction you could see ample fry moving into each structure literally minutes after each structure was constructed. It’s brilliant to see the immediate effects of BART’s work! It was lovely to go home every day with a feeling of satisfaction that I have played a small part in returning our river systems to a more natural state and providing new habitats for the localised flora and fauna. I feel privileged to have been welcomed, with open arms, into the BART family by Harriet Alvis and Ian Mock and cannot wait to return and volunteer again!! – Maddie”
Thank you for all of your hard work Maddie and we look forward to working with you again in the future!