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Toby and Nick are set to Ride for Rivers this September

Our very own Toby and Nick are taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride this September to raise money for our local rivers.

The route is pretty famous, starting in Clapham Common (London) and travelling 54 miles to Madeira Drive on the Brighton sea front. That is a long way, but let us put it into river units for you…

54 miles is the equivalent of:

  • 6.3 Wandles
  • 9 Hogsmills
  • 2.5 Loddons
  • 14.5 Dours
  • 0.77 Medways (that sounds less impressive, but it is a long way)
  • 86904.6 faggot bundles

The route itself also briefly passes the works delivered by us on the Wandle at Hackbridge – but there is no time for stopping…

We’d really appreciate it if you would sponsor Nick and/or Toby for this mammoth cycle ride.

By doing so you will be helping to raise funds for us which will be used to continue our mission to deliver outstanding river ecosystem enhancement across the south east of England.

To help you choose, we have outlined the rider profiles for you below, including past experience, recent achievements, bad habits and more.

Rider Profiles

Team Nick 

Name: Nick Hale

Age: 33

Build: Rather not say

Nick Hale has never, and will never, consider himself a cyclist.

He first learnt to ride a bike at the young age of 4, but it took 29 years before he had the confidence to take the training wheels off.

That shouldn’t put you off joining Team Hale though, as Nick is a hardworking member of the Trust. Joining just 1 year ago, Nick has already delivered some great projects for us including weir removals, eel passes, river restoration and more.

And if that wasn’t enough, he is hugely competitive, so racing against Toby Hull is the perfect fuel.

Recent Achievements:

Sponsor Team Hale Here!

Team Hull

Name: Toby Hull

Age: 35

Build: Easy on the eyes, but not the scales…

Toby Hull may not have prepared for this race in a traditional way, but in a sense he has been preparing his whole life.

Toby has always eaten 6 meals a day, bringing in 5 packed lunches to graze on between 9 and 5 – apples, plums, chocolate biscuits, you name it, Toby eats it and does not share it. His daily meal number will likely be increasing to 8 or 10 as the race draws nearer, to build strength and energy reserves.

With a passion for rivers and the outdoors, Toby has never joined a gym and instead gets his exercise by delivering river restoration for the Trust. Favourite exercises included the post knocker front squat and brushwood bundle lifting.

Recent Achievements:

Sponsor Team Hull Here! 

Finally we like to thank The Rivers Trust for organising this for us and other local trusts to take part it!

What do your local rivers mean to you?

You have the chance to have your say in how your local river is managed in the future. 

The Environment Agency has published draft River Basin Management Plans for every river in the UK and they want to hear your opinion!

To help you get involved and add your voice, WWF have created an easy way to make your opinions heard.

Got a couple of minutes? Answers these quick 5 questions. 

Got a bit longer? Give us more detail on what you value to be important to your local river here. 

Share this with your friends and family – #SAVEOURWATERS

SaveOurWaters-infographic

A selfish shellfish!

The invasive quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis) has been found in the Thames Catchment on the River Colne!

What is the quagga mussel?Quagga Mussel

The quagga mussel is an invasive freshwater filter-feeder with an extremely large capacity to filter water and the ability to grow large dense populations. When established, these combined traits can result in a reduction in the availability of nutrients and oxygen to our native aquatic wildlife, damaging a freshwater ecosystem.

Economically, the quagga mussel is a big problem as well. With its prolific breeding, this invasive mussel can clog water pipes, filters and turbines damaging our infrastructure. Furthermore it disrupts recreation, fishing and aquaculture industries by growing on equipment and boats.

All in all, it is not a welcome sight!

What can be done about it?

Currently there are no recommended methods for controlling populations of this mussel. Therefore our only option is prevention.

Biosecurity needs to be increased in the Thames Catchment to ensure the mussel isn’t accidentally transferred to our other river systems. For more details on how to step up your biosecurity – visit Check Clean Dry.

To find out more about the quagga mussel’s impact outside its native range, take a look at this video from North America where this mussel, and its relative the zebra mussel, have already had a devastating impact.

Image credit: Quagga mussel – GBNNSS