BEACON

BEACON (Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation) is a group of people working towards controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species (INNS) and improving water quality within the Bollin catchment, which includes all the tributaries, meres, brooks and streams connected to the River Bollin such as the River Dean and Mobberley Brook.

BEACON joined the Mersey Rivers Trust in 2016 to use a more co-ordinated approach in tackling invasive species and improving water quality in the Bollin catchment.

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To view the latest BEACON newsletter, published quarterly, please click the link below:

BEACON Newsletter - Issue 20

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BEACON’s vision is:

To have a river catchment where our natural wildlife thrives. This will be achieved through surveys and monitoring, education, awareness raising and local action.

This will be achieved by:

  • Improving the quality of the water bodies and associated habitats within the Bollin catchment area.
  • Protecting the designated sites within the Bollin catchment area.
  • Engaging with local communities and schools to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and water quality issues, and get people involved in the project.
  • Increasing the number of people taking action to control non-native invasive species and improve water quality.
  • Engaging with local landowners and farmers to raise their awareness of non-native invasive species and water pollution in the Bollin catchment, and how land management and farming can make a positive contribution to improving native habitats and water quality.
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Projects and events associted with BEACON will now be displayed on the Mersey Rivers Trust website. 

BEACON Steering Group

The BEACON Steering Group is made up of various organisations that have a vested interest in the health of the River Bollin as landowners, environmental organisations or local residents.  To find out more about each member of the steering group, please click the members title below:

BEACON Water Quality Project

In October 2014 BEACON was awarded funding as part of United Utilties’ Catchment Wise Funding to carry out a project that focused on the water quality of Birkin, Mobberley, Marthall, Pedley and Sugar Brooks, in the western end of the Bollin catchment.  The catchment area covered can be seen in the map below.

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These water bodies are currently failing water quality standards, and evidence suggests that this is due to an increase in phosphates from agriculture and industry.

As part of this project, BEACON volunteers carried out walkover surveys along these brooks, to try and find out what the major causes of Rural Diffuse Water Pollution (RDWP) were in these areas.  Over thirty volunteers were trained to look for signs of Rural Diffuse Water Pollution and a further ten volunteers were also trained in how to digitise the data collected .

The information we got from the surveys showed no major diffuse pollution issues.  However, there were 426 sources of diffuse pollution identified and of these sites, eight were significant, 121 were graded as having a localised and limited impact and 291 were graded potential with no risk observed at the time of inspection.

Volunteers, farmers and landowners were engaged in a workshop held in June 2015, which aimed to let them know BEACON’s findings and signpost them to where they can get further support to be water friendly in their land management practices.

For more information on the results of the BEACON water quality surveys, you can download an information pack here.

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