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Rach’s Blog

24 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

A big hello to you all, I’m Rachael and I have just started with South Cumbria Rivers Trust. I have been engaged by SCRT as a Project Support Officer who also deals with the administration and publicity of the trust. I do not have a background in Ecology, Geo-morphology or even Geo-hydrology but I do have an olgy..oh yes.. Psychology. It may prove a useful tool as I navigate myself around this new role! I am well under way with…

Amy’s Blog

11 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Hello everyone, I’m Amy and I am a new regular volunteer undertaking work experience over the summer months before returning to Aberystwyth University to complete my Countryside Management degree. I have only been here a few days but I thought it would be nice to update you all on what I’ve been doing. After briefly meeting the team last Monday I was taken out to assist with the piezometer sampling. This strange looking piece of equipment measures the dissolved oxygen…

Matt’s Blog 3

11 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Hi everyone! I’m 6 weeks in now so it’s time for my third blog post. At the moment a large amount of my time is being spent on two projects. These are the project in the Winster and Gilpin catchment and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel project, so they will be the focus of this blog post. The Winster and Gilpin project is a 3-4 year habitat improvement project with the aim to identify and investigate issues in the catchments, and…

Matt’s Blog 2

11 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Another two weeks have passed and that is my first month at South Cumbria Rivers Trust completed already! How time flies! Following a great Easter weekend spent exploring the Lake District it was back to work on Tuesday. First item on the agenda was a site visit with Mike Sturt to assess an on-line Mill pond near Cartmel that has become excessively silted. The pond is currently a fishery and was created many years ago by damming the Burn’s Beck/Hill Mill…

Matt’s Blog

13 April, 2018 by Dr Meredith Revill

Hi everyone, I’m Matt, the new project officer at South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT). As a new starter I thought I would start this blog to take you through some of the work I get involved in, and what is involved in the day to day role of a project officer here at SCRT. Apologies this blog hasn’t been started sooner, as I started 2 weeks ago but I have been kept busy by the work and I have done…

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…