Welcome to Bury Water Meadows Group

Our main aims are to conserve and improve the Rivers Lark and Linnet in Bury St Edmunds and adjacent areas for the benefit of the public and wildlife.  

We have 230 members, around 50 of whom join our volunteer work parties that take place 3 times a month on average.



Himalayan Balsam

Working in co-ordination with our sister organisation the River Lark Catchment Partnership, BWMG volunteers are making a major contribution to controlling Himalayan Balsam. Building on its previous years efforts BWMG has this year surveyed 7km of the Lark & Linnet rivers in Bury St Edmunds and has so far clocked up some 75 volunteer hours …

Join Us!

Help us preserve our rivers and water meadows

Bury Water Meadows Group is funded through donations, membership and fund raising activities. We exist through the generosity of our members, supporting our activities and giving their time.

If you would like to help support our mission to preserve Bury’s rivers and water meadows- please join us!

Membership is only £5.00 per year and this allows you to join work parties, to access to our meetings and interesting talks and to get updates on our progress.

Please complete our application form  if you would like to join us – we truly appreciate your support!


By taking part in our volunteer groups, you can make a real difference to river restoration and habitat conservation in the water meadows. Our groups include:

Litter Picking Main litter picks take place twice a year with additional in-channel picks depending on river conditions.

Wildflower Planting BWMG has received a grant from Anglian Water to support planting of wildflowers and plants on Bury’s water meadows

River Restoration BWMG is working with the River Lark Catchment Partnership on river restoration work on the Bury section of the Lark

Biodiversity Surveying A small-scale activity is underway to survey our river and water meadows on a regular basis.

If you are interested in any of these activities and not yet on the relevant volunteer list, please get in touch.

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Information about members is held solely for the purpose of contacting them about group activities and relevant information including volunteering opportunities.

We may hold additional information on volunteers, such as activities undertaken training undergone, special skills, special needs.