When is Spring?
A simple question – but the answer is … It depends!
According to the astronomical calendar, the first day of spring is 20th March, but for meteorologists, spring starts on 1st March and runs to the end of May.
Then again, once crocus and daffodils start popping up all of a sudden in late February, we wouldn’t blame you for calling that the start of Spring either!
With more of us out and about, and with an accumulation of holiday makers & day trippers litter is becoming a big problem.
Two local young people, Neve and Freya, have been raising funds for the Marine conservation society, by doing a paddle board litter pick. So far they have raised over £1,000. This is their story:We are very lucky to live in an area of outstanding, natural beauty and love the waters around us. We are really keen on protecting our seas and environment and are actively involved in Newton Ferrers primary school’s eco committee. We try to inspire younger children to love and protect the ocean too.
To raise funds for the Marine conservation society, we have organised lots of fun activities at school on Friday 26th March. We have also done a sponsored paddle board from Bridgend to Wembury beach (4 miles). Wembury and the surrounding coastline form a marine conservation area (MCA) and a special area of conservation (SAC). On the way we removed rubbish from the water and did a litter pick at Wembury beach. Each bit of rubbish we collected will help save a sea creature. We hope to raise £100 to donate to the Marine conservation society.
We did the paddle board on the 3rd of April. We paddle boarded from the pontoon to Wembury instead of from Bridgend because the water was really far out. The hardest part was coming up and around from Wembury to get past all of the rocks. I was wearing a Go pro, Kim (Freya’s dad) was taking pictures on his camera and Max (Neve’s dad) was on a speed boat in case we got into any trouble. We have loads of pictures and did a litter pick and found lots of rubbish.
If you’re keen to roll up your sleeves and get involved, there are ways to make handling other people’s discarded trash less of an irritating job…
As the saying goes, every little helps. You don’t have to be on a mammoth litter pick to make a difference to your local area. Instead, set a two minute timer and speedily pick up any rogue bits of litter you see when you arrive at a beach or beauty spot. Make sure to carry thick gardening gloves with you, as they’ll protect your hands from dirty or sharp objects.
Children love getting involved in litter picking, especially if you turn it into a game. You could set a challenge to see who can collect the most amount of litter in a short space of time. Or, send them out on a scavenger hunt to find a specific item, like a crisp packet or plastic bottle – the first person to collect it wins.
You don’t need to share your good deeds on social media for them to count, but let’s face it, sharing a selfie or two can incentivise you to get out and do your bit. Plus, if your friends see you posting about all the plastic you’ve collected, it might just encourage them to do the same.
‘Plogging’ is a Swedish lifestyle trend that involves jogging and picking up trash as you go. Whether you like to run in a park or on a street, picking up trash adds a full-body challenge for your muscles, as you need to bend, squat and reach to grab litter on your route.
As well as wearing gloves when you’re out litter picking, it’s important not to handle sharp needles or anything containing human waste or potentially dangerous chemicals. If you’re unsure what it is, it’s better to not pick it up. It has added benefits too. 30 minutes of “plogging” burns approx. 330 calories while 30 minutes of jogging the same terrain burns only 270 calories
An icecream or hot latte from the local coffee shop tastes so much better when you feel like you really deserve it. Just make sure to bring your reusable cup so you’re not adding to the single use plastic waste in your area. Or, now they are opening, a refreshing drink from your local pub.
A solo litter pick is the perfect excuse to put on your headphones, turn off your notifications and enjoy some quality ‘me’ time. How often do you really get the chance to listen to your favourite podcast without the distractions of other people around?
A new, refreshed Countryside Code has been launched by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet in 1951.
Key changes to the Countryside Code include:
You can access the new code here
Proposed Collaton Development
Have you checked out the Proposed Collaton Development Presentation yet? Although the original proposal for 70 houses was approved before the N & N Neighbourhood Plan was "adopted", this new application is for 140 houses plus some small industrial units.
If you haven’t seen the proposal or commented yet, please do. It could have a big impact on the villages and waterways. Although the RYDA Committee has had a limited preview of the proposals, it is important that members take the opportunity to comment and make full use of the free text boxes. It would also be useful if members could inform the RYDA Committee of their views of the proposal. https://collatonpark.com/
Chris Phillipson, chairman of the community land trust says:
To date there have been 92 feedback forms submitted and so far the majority have been in favour of the development!
But there are still lots of folks who want/ need to be able to see the plans and ask the questions - eg. what about school places, what about traffic etc.
So, the Parish Council asked if it was possible to have a more public event now that it is possible.
The plan is for Friday 23rd and Sat 24th - afternoons, possibly 1-6pm. It will be held up at Collaton - there is a very large Barn on the site, and plenty of room for parking.
We can have all the doors open, so that its very airy and lay out a one-way-system. I do hope you all think that's a good idea.
The RYDA Committee recommend that Members familiarise themselves with the proposal, avail themselves of the invitation to attend the Presentation and comment as necessary, further details will be forwarded when known.
Water quality in the Yealm
For those curious about the water quality in the Yealm, you can now have a look here to see how many incidents there have been courtesy of The Rivers Trust. Is my river fit to play in? (arcgis.com) We are fortunate to live in such a lovely place. The problems are mostly after heavy rainstorms, so don't be put off from enjoying the creek and river. Also, after a hot day and a low tide causing the mud to bake, you will often see a slick of brown, organic matter floating on the water. A lot of people think it is sewage, but it hardly ever is. It's just the baked and dried surface floating up off the mud as the tide comes back in.
The sun is still shining in Britain which means many of us will be heading to the coast this Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy a day at the beach
But if you’re planning to take a dip in the sea, it’s important that you know how to stay safe in the water - particularly how to identify and stay out of rip tides.
What is a rip tide?
How to identify a rip tide?
What should i do if I get caught in a rip tide?
It’s easy to panic when you get caught in a rip tide, and the natural reaction is to attempt to swim back towards shore.
Unfortunately, all this will do is tire you out and use up valuable energy. Even the strongest swimmer cannot swim against a rip tide, which at high speeds can pull you at 8-feet-per-second.
So here’s what to do to successfully escape:
Regain your footing if possible
If the current is relatively weak and you’re in shallow water, you may be able to grind your feet into the sea bed to prevent you from being dragged out further.
Call for help immediately
Get the attention of beachgoers and the lifeguard by waving your arms high in the air and yelling for help.
Swim parallel to the shore
Instead of swimming against the rip current, swim perpendicular to it, in either direction. Rip currents are usually narrow - they're rarely over 100 feet (30.5 m) wide -so you need only get to the side of the rip current to escape.
Rather than swim against the current toward shore, swim parallel to the shore until you are clear of the current.
Swim diagonally to the shore once you’ve escaped the current
Once you’re in calmer waters, you need to make your way back to shore.
Swim diagonally toward the shore and away from the current, to avoid getting caught in it again. If you’re feeling tired, stop and float periodically to regain your breath.
If help is on the way, lie on your back until the lifeguard team reach you.
And some final tips for sea safety...
Annie Beighton says:- Our local hazards include:-
Believe me - I have local knowledge and experience!!
Continuing the watery theme …….Three new mooring holders were elected earlier this week to sit on the harbour board. Stephen & Maltby Nicky and Andrew Matthews
And Finally …..
Many people have been tracing their family tree’s during lockdown, but have you given this a thought?
It gets you thinking doesnt it!
The communities have something for everyone; lunch clubs; coffee mornings, out door activities, as well as indoor activities and hobbies.
Have you seen a “need” during lockdown for a new activity and want to start a group? Maybe we can help. Have your clubs details changed? Do you want new members? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once lockdown is over, why not continue to enjoy and support our communities by joining in with one of our friendly groups and activities. These can be found on your web site www.RYDA.org.uk. From personal experience the support received from one of these groups during lockdown and bereavement has been amazing, and really appreciated.
2020 was the 40th year of Yealm Cricket club but because of COVID 19 we were unable to celebrate appropriately. On the 31st of July Yealm CC are planning to celebrate our 41st anniversary up at the Butts oval. The current Yealm Xl will be playing an all star ⭐️ Xl made up of X factor ex-players and friends of the club. We want as many people as possible to join us up at the playing field on the 31st to help us celebrate. The club has organised a bar and food trunks but picnic enthusiasts are welcome. We’d love ex-players, cricket fans, closet cricket fans and anyone who fancies a go or just a cool drink on a sunny afternoon to come along and share the day with us.
We’ll drop more details closer to the time.