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GB Spring Clean Weekend River Litter Pick

15 February, 2018 by Dr Meredith Revill

Did you know that 80% of marine litter comes from land? As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend, we’ll be walking the pathways near the River Kent, picking up litter before it gets blown into the water and carried out to sea. Saturday 3rd March 10am Meet at the snack hut at Gooseholme Park, next to Stramongate weir. No booking required. Bags, gloves and litter pickers provided. Event organised by South Cumbria Rivers Trust with support…

World Wetlands Day Walk, 10am start on Fri 2nd Feb

25 January, 2018 by Dr Meredith Revill

Friday 2nd February at 10am. Join Kath from the Conserving Coniston & Crake team on this easy-moderate  4.5 mile morning walk to mark World Wetlands Day. Along the way you’ll see what makes this area special as we pass over Torver beck, up towards Torver Reservoir, on to Kelly Hall Tarn and Long Moss, then back along Coniston shore. Wrap up warm, wear suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots or wellies (it will be muddy in places). Meet at: the layby…

It’s Invasives Week 2017!

28 March, 2017 by Dr Meredith Revill

It’s #InvasivesWeek run by @CheckCleanDryGB! In #Cumbria we love to spend time on, in and around our beautiful lakes and rivers. Whatever activity you enjoy – angling, swimming, boating, diving, walking, biking and paddling, we all have the potential to introduce and spread freshwater Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS). Cumbria is home to some rare and vulnerable native species such as white-clawed crayfish, pearl mussels, vendace, lampreys and Arctic charr. The survival of these species are being threatened by the intoduction…

Redox and equipment maintenance workshop

10 February, 2017 by Dr Meredith Revill

Dr Mike Sturt and Dr Charlotte Hall took part in a really useful workshop on Redox and dissolved oxygen measurements in interstitial river bed sites and equipment maintenance from Juergen Geist & Kathi Stoeckl, hosted by the Freshwater Biological Association, Windermere. This information and great practical experience will be applied to our monitoring work and will provide valuable data and insight into the habitats preferred by the fresh water mussel populations.

Jumb Quarry Mine Spoil Removal

22 November, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

SCRT, Environment Agency, Natural England and EU LIFE IP ‘Natural Course’ worked together on the Jumb Quarry project as part of the Cumbrian River Restoration Strategy. The project removed 9000 tonnes of mine spoil from the east Kentmere valley just south of the reservoir. The spoil heaps were the result of slate mining which ceased in the mid 1960’s. They continued to be a problem providing high sediment loads resulting in a concentration of sediment deposition in the river channel…

Spring/Summer cleaning of the fish counter…

6 July, 2016 by Dr Mike Sturt

Mike has been busy scrubbing the fish counter at Backbarrow! We’re keeping it clean so we can record video footage of fish swimming over the white boards. We’re using this footage to validate the readings from the fish counter to work out how many salmon, sea-trout and eels are migrating up and down the River Leven. Keep an eye out for the footage in the coming weeks…

Staveley leads the way to a drier future

19 February, 2016 by Sue

  With the effects and aftermath of Storm Desmond still very much in the minds of the people of Cumbria, South Cumbria Rivers Trust announces a new community supported project that will have benefits for both flooding and wildlife on the River Kent. Preparations are now underway for the removal of a section of man-made river embankment on the River Kent in Staveley. At this village centre site, the river will once again be connected to its floodplain which, at…

Sponsor a reedbed!

19 August, 2015 by Sue

Help to restore Windermere’s lost legacy Windermere’s reedbeds have declined by more than 95% over the past 150 years. Reedbeds are not only important foraging and refuge habitats for trout, salmon and eels, but they also reduce lake shore erosion and trap nutrient rich sediments. Reedbeds support a huge range of wildlife and are full of activity, yet they still give us a sense of tranquillity and calm when we watch them swaying gently in the breeze. Sponsoring a reedbed…

Works start to conserve endangered freshwater mussels!

1 May, 2015 by Sue

SCRT have launched the new project to conserve the critically endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel across the South Cumbria area. Although this project focusses upon Mussels, the wider ecological and social benefits are widespread. This includes benefits to other species river such as salmon, trout and invertebrates as well as our native crayfish. Additionally environmental factors such as bathing water quality, flood alleviation, erosion mitigation and algal bloom prevention are also significantly improved. In some cases mussel populations have declined by…