SPRITE Winter events

Hi everyone,

I have a few dates for your diaries for some of the SPRITE winter work schedule.

2nd Oct 2011– wild flower and grass seeding

This is a really important job for a number of reasons. The root structure of grasses and plants stabilises soil banks reducing erosion, so preventing silt entering the water course. It also greatly increases diversity of the riparian habitat which will have a knock on benefit for all flora and fauna. I particularly want to try some seeding in the areas where the EA has previously stem injected the Japanese Knotweed. These bankside areas may well be vulnerable to winter floods, so it is vital that we stabilise these areas.

Meet 9.30 – 12.30 by the Farfield Hotel, town end of Club Mill Roa.


30th Oct – general litter pick,

The first of this winter’s litter clean ups.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE NOW Meet 9.30 – 12.30 AT LIVESEY STREET BRIDGE.



27th Nov – bird & bat box painting and installation

We still have a number of bird and bat boxes constructed and donated by Middlewood School. After the last attempt where most of the boxes were vandalised, we need to be a bit more canny about where we site the boxes. A bit of camouflage painting (with water based paints of course) should help.

Meet 9.30 – 12.30 Livesey Street bridge

4th December — Planned friendly fly angling match: details to be finalised and information from p.​gaskell8@​googlemail.​com


11th Dec – litter pick, site to be finalised

If you are on the river and see an area that is in need of our attention, please don’t hesitate to contact me and we will endeavour to sort it out.

In all cases, tea / coffee / refreshments will be provided. As always, some of us will be fishing afterwards so for those members that are unfamiliar with the river, or are new to fly fishing, you are more then welcome to join us for the afternoon. If you haven’t attended one of our working sessions before, what better way in. Help out with our valuable habitat improvement work, and learn a bit about the river and fly fishing, all in the best of company, of course.

I look forward to seeing you all on 2nd Oct.


Cheers SPRITE (Sheffield’s Trout in the Town” project)