Water Weed

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An essential constituent in any healthy stream has to be a good supply of plant life. Not only do these provide a source of food for plant-eating aquatic animal life that can also be found co-habiting in the Wom Brook, but due to the plants�__ efforts to produce their own food supply (startch), a bi-product of that process is oxygen.

Most aquatic animal life must extract oxygen from the water in order to live-and so the delicate balance of life in the Wom Brook can be maintained. Any accidental discharges of chemicals into the stream (which regrettably has occurred in previous years) can adversely affect this balance, by making the water either too acidic or conversely too alkalinic, thus decreasing the oxygen levels in the water, and at the same time these highly toxic chemicals can kill the plants.

A recent survey by the Friends of Wom Brook group found the above aquatic plant-Canadian Pondweed, (elodia Canadensis) growing in the Brook.

More information about Canadian Pondweed available HERE

October 2006 Events

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October
Thursday 5th Working Party
Saturday 7th Working Party
Saturday 21st –Family Event– WILD ART ideas & search for materials to create a picture or model with an Autumn theme.

Please Note:
Working Parties involve litter collection / plant and animal habitat management. Please bring gloves.
All work parties and events 10am-12 noon. Meet Gravel Hill picnic benches unless otherwise stated.

Railway Walk: Wombourne Station.

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This was taken close to the old Wombourne Railway Station, which now serves teas on weekends during the warmer months of the year. The scene looks south along the Railway Walk-towards the centre of Wombourne. The Railway Walk is a very popular route for walkers, runners and cyclists, and is usually quite a busy thoroughfare on a Sunday.

Local athletics clubs make good use of it not only for training events, but several times a year stage triathlons along it, with the swimming stage being held at Wombourne Leisure Centre.

Do you know anything about the history of the Railway Walk? We’d welcome any information you have in the Comments section below!