Only Rain Down the Drain!
Did you know that surface drains at the sides of roads lead directly to your local watercourse? This means that anything poured down the surface drain such as litter, car oils or shampoo, weedkillers or mop bucket wastewater can harm river wildlife. Fish, invertebrates and other river life need our help.
Over the past few months, BART have been running an exciting Yellow Fish Campaign to raise awareness and encourage local communities to help improve water quality in the Bristol Frome. We have held a series of Yellowfish events with local schools and community groups.
We were joined by volunteers in Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell and Bradley Stoke to spray yellow fish stencils onto the side of storm drains using non-toxic washable paint and putting up posters and handing out leaflets to local businesses in order to educate people on the fact that storm drains at the side of the road link directly to the nearest river or stream.
BART also ran a poster competition to encourage children to get creative and spread the Yellow Fish message. Check out our winning entries below!
We were pleased to be joined by South Gloucestershire Council at our events who have produced a short video.
Thank you to the Environment Agency for funding the events and support from South Gloucestershire Council, and local community groups Winterbourne Environmental Group, Frampton Cotterell Nature Group and Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.
For further information or to get involved please contact Rozy@bristolavonriverstrust.org