Curating litter and testing the waters
5 GoodGymers made their way to help the Wild Eton & Eton Wick in Windsor and Maidenhead.
- Sunday, 25th of September 2022
Round two of the weekend of plastic-blitzing the Thames and it's tributaries. This time Peter, Clara, Sol, Sara and Kanika joined Claire and Julian from Wild Eton Wick to continue the task from Saturday.
We began with a lesson in water testing and identifying tiny creatures in a small sample from a tributary of the Thames. Claire, the fountain of interesting information, turned six adults into little squealing children trying to pick out the little critters in the water!
Then we set off on the "litter pick with a twist". We split into teams to pick litter along the river, but not just bag it. We had to carefully identify and record each piece of trash on a double-sided sheet full of categories in tiny font. Never have we ever spent so long looking closely at garbage and getting to the bottom of it's inception! Slow but important work as it helps identify and plan for the types of interventions required in the area.
It felt like slow going but Claire was happy, so we were too. As always, we came away with new knowledge and experience from a task with Wild Eton Wick.
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