Our Level 2 Technical Certificate Animal Care students have been helping to clear up litter which is polluting the River Weaver in Nantwich.

The students learned about recent pollution of the river after incidents which caused the deaths of thousands of fish, and in a skills development session they decided to do their bit to help.

Twenty students collected the equivalent of four large bags of rubbish during a litter pick on the banks of the river between Reaseheath College and Nantwich swimming baths.

Programme Leader Lucy Brydon explained: “During our studies we have been developing sustainability skills and used the pollution of the River Weaver as an example of how dramatically an ecosystem can be affected by human influences.

“This led to us deciding to build the students’ practical skills while at the same time giving back to our local community. The students were all eager to get involved and worked in teams to complete the litter pick.

“As a result the students have developed wider skills and knowledge about how they can help to conserve their local habitats. They hope wildlife in the area will benefit from their efforts.”