Volunteering is a bit of a buzzword right now. It seems the whole world is being encouraged to volunteer.
The Clyde River Foundation has a straightforward approach to this: anyone helping out with the work we do must get something out of it too – and vice versa…
There are lots of ways that you can help out with the activities of the Foundation.
Much of our work during the field season involves visiting our annual electrofishing sites. Over the years we have met many anglers and local river custodians during our work. A number of people have obtained the relevant training in electrofishing via the Clyde River Foundation and subsequently helped us out during some of the more intensive periods of our river-surveying. It is hard work, but good fun too, and it genuinely makes a difference.
If you represent an angling club and would like to get involved with surveying the burns in your local catchment, please get in touch.
Like any charity, administration is a necessary and important part of our work. Our work – contained in the River Clyde Fishery Managment Plan – is directed for the public benefit and we benefit from the organised guidance of our Board. For more information, please contact the Foundation’s catchment manager, Dr. Willie Yeomans.
We now work with well over 100 primary schools each year. Whether it is delivering our Clyde in the Classroom project or working on bespoke education projects, this is a large-scale and labour-intensive operation.
Recently, we were lucky enough to receive the assistance of a graduate student from the University of Glasgow, who took a major role in our Kids and the Kelvin project. Kylie-Anne Glenn, who then went on to undertake an MRes project on crayfish in the Glengonnar Water, was integral to the project and developed highly transferable science communication skills, as well as a great rapport with over 350 primary school pupils in the upper-Kelvin catchment.
We hope to expand this dimension of our work, by offering structured placements which support teacher-training for science students local to the Clyde catchment. Contact us for more details.
This website was developed in late 2011. The Foundation hopes that it will be a useful, constantly updated source of information about the Clyde catchment and its river environment.
If you would like to share regular river-related news on this site, please get in touch to discuss the idea with the Foundation or send us your news by email.