Hot butties and handbooks

A free breakfast butty was not all that was on offer when Windermere Lake Cruises MV Teal hosted our Greener Boating Handbook launch on 30th June. A tour of the ship’s bridge and engine room showed the sort of good practice all boat owners and operators can copy to protect the lake from pollution. Environment Agency’s Natalie Bibby, who’s leading the project, officially launched the handbook and demonstrated how the recommended kit can help boaters cope with accidental spillages. Also there to promote responsible boating were Bekka Corrie Close and Mike Sturt from South Cumbria Rivers Trust. Bekka who’s leading our Alien Invaders project talked about the impact of alien species and urged all lake users to ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ all items of kit including kayaks and wetsuits to prevent the spread of undesirables from one water-body to another. Mike Sturt who’s leading our Restore the Shore project talked about the poor state of Windermere’s reedbeds and how vulnerable they can be to damage. The cruise to Lakeside and back gave passengers the opportunity to talk to the experts and a great morning was had by all. We hope the Greener Boating message will spread far and wide just like ripples. Get in touch if you missed out and want to know more. (Based on article written by Alison Ewin our volunteer Roving Reporter)

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