Litter Pick – Kingsway Bridge East #1

What we did This morning Warrington Rowing Club (WRC) soft-launched it’s community litter-pick, organised on behalf of the club by myself, and assisted on this initially misty but by this time gorgeous autumn morning by Liz Taylor (of LAAMA and other local groups) and Terry Cook (of WRC). The club is keen to support Warrington…

Species Profile – Yellow Mayfly

I wrote this profile as coursework for the course I did at Centre for Alternative Technology in North Wales, and thought I would share it here for anyone interested! Species: Heptagenia sulphurea Common Name: Yellow May Family: Heptageniidae (Stone Clingers) Order: Ephemeroptera (Mayfly / Upwinged Fly) Trophic Level: 2 – Primary Consumers (herbivores that eat…

Howley Moly – What a Mess

Partial draining of the River Mersey between Woolston and Howley Weirs in Warrington, for repair-works due to vandalism, has exposed an alarming fly-tipping problem in the Howley area. This vandalism has also caused an increased risk of bank-collapse and to the river’s ecology. This stretch of the Mersey was partially drained this week by Peel…

Litter Picking at Warrington RC

I spent just over an hour this afternoon doing a litter-pick, and managed to fill a very densely-packed 100-litre bin bag with all the litter I spotted on the path marked on the map below – including any litter within reaching distance of the path. A lot for such a relatively small area. I will…

Aquatic Litter Cleanup – References and Ideas

On this page I will keep notes on litter-trapping – including references to other websites, and perhaps some ideas of my own. References – Cleanup Technology … References – Trapping Technology Recycled Island Foundation – Netherlands – develop passive Litter Traps mostly from recycled plastic. Versatech – manufacturer of river & marine booms – they…

Litter Picking at Paddington Meadows

Overview One of my action-points in my blog-post last week was to arrange a litter-pick to try to make a dent in the rubbish I encountered, in particular a small portion of the bank near Paddington Meadows that I had previously encountered. Today I was joined by 3 kind volunteers from Warrington Rowing Club –…

River Mersey Litter in Warrington

Introduction A key aspect of Greenpeace’s recent report (easy-reading version here / full version here) is how at the time of measurement, there was more micro-plastic in the River Mersey (measured just downstream of Victoria Park here) than the Pacific Garbage Patch – an alarming thing to read. Since I am not equipped with a…

About this site

My name is Paul Connor. I am a professional Software Engineer – as well as an amateur rower, rowing coach, and environmentalist / ecologist. I will be using this blog to organise my thoughts on things I find out about the many environmental issues that affect us all. There are so many problems – some…