One way you can help the Culm in a very practical way is to become a Culm Citizen Scientist. You’ll receive training and support from the Westcountry Rivers Trust to enable you to spot pollution so it can be dealt with quickly and produce data that is vital to understanding the health of the Culm. We run training sessions and will announce new dates in our newsletter – or, if you email firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll let you know when the next session is coming up.
Initially we ask volunteers to observe their local waterways, take pictures and we help them to spot polluted water. This may be all you do and it is hugely valuable to have knowledgeable eyes on the ground. However, if you are interested in taking your involvement and input further then we send you a water quality testing kit and we ask that you aim for a monthly survey at your site(s).
The kit is easy to use and no experience is necessary. Online training is available and we have a range of resources to aid you when you start and to progress you throughout your time as a Culm Citizen Scientist.