News

One year over..

20 December, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Our Conserving Coniston and Crake team has been very busy this year fulfilling the requirements of their HLF project. They have put together some of their best bits, which can be found here: http://ccc.scrt.co.uk/news/2018-a-year-in-review We will be updating our website in the New Year, so keep an eye out for upcoming events and our annual report. For now, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

An exciting MSc research project!

14 December, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

South Cumbria Rivers Trust have collaborated with The University of Cumbria on an exciting commission of MSc research. This one-year part funded project by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will put a spotlight on Cumbria and factors contributing to changes to the environment. Lucy Stevens, an MSc Eco-System Services Evaluation student, was successfully awarded the project with SCRT, with the research focus on Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS). INNS are fast spreading, non-native species that cause damage to the economy,…

Farewell to FWPM

6 December, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

The £1.5million BIFFA funded Fresh Water Pearl Mussel project has come to completion after it began back in 2015. The project, that set out to PROTECT, SECURE and RESTORE Freshwater Pearl Mussels across England, consisted of five partner organisations, including South Cumbria Rivers Trust to work at reversing the decline of this critically endangered species across the country. Freshwater Pearl mussels rely on pristine water conditions, with a high oxygen content with numbers acting as a river health indicator. Elevated…

Dubbs Beck works complete!

29 November, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

After nearly three years, a project at Dubbs Beck has now come to a close. In partnership with the Environment Agency, Natural England, Biffa Award and the EU LIFE IP ‘Natural Course’ project, this project aimed to re-naturalise a section of the beck, a tributary of the River Gowan, that can be found in the Kent catchment. The project focused on a straightened section with embankment, that stretched for 375 metres along the mid section of the beck. Removing the revetment allowed for…

Crosthwaite de-culvert commences

27 November, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

We have just started delivery work on a de-culverting project that SCRT have been working towards for several months, at Crosthwaite. The project is in two stages, working with two separate landowners to remove a significant proportion of the current culvert. The works starting this week, aim to remove approx 140 metres of buried watercourse. This will mean improvements to in-channel and physical habitats as well as restoration of natural processes, which will in time benefit plants, invertebrates and other…

Last of 2018

20 November, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Our Conserving Coniston and Crake team still have TWO events remaining, that you can get involved in. Fancy helping the environment? Or you want to learn something new? If that is the case, then how about trying:- COUNTING REDDS and/or TREE PLANTING For further information about both events, including directions; please use the link: https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/news/last-events-of-the-year/ Last events of the Year!

UoC training

31 October, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Jayne, our Catchment Planning and Delivery Officer, took some very lucky University students on a field trip last week. The University of Cumbria students, all studying marine and freshwater conservation, were whisked off to a local beck to look and talk about piezometers and dissolved oxygen. This is an important monitoring technique, when assessing juvenile sites by looking at the chemical conditions of river gravels. The students also found out about catchment management, something you can learn about by following…

Get rid of impurities, with bio-security training.

24 October, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Bekka, our Cumbria Freshwater Invasive Non-Native Species Officer (CFINNS) has been over to Yorkshire to lead some training on implementing bio-security at events. There were approx. eight different organisations that attended the workshop, discussing; application of bio-security, risk assessments, examples and then a site visit in the afternoon to Thurscross Reservoir for practical examples. The workshop allowed for a lot of discussion between organisations, focusing on; Training event organisers how to deliver biosecurity measures with focus on defining responsibility early. Potential ‘hubs’…

Colwith completed

18 October, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Over the last couple of months, Matt Carroll our newest project officer, has been working at Colwith to finalise works funded through the Fresh Water Pearl Mussel project. Matt has been working putting up 275m of bank side fencing. The benefits of such include; livestock exclusion and reducing sedimentation and nutrient inputs. This now brings the Colwith work to a close, after the revetment removal last year. You can read more about the revetment removal below. Colwith Revetment Removal

Coniston and Crake Cleaning up!

10 October, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

The HLF Conserving Coniston and Crake project team have been working hard; thinking and organising exciting taster sessions for you to come and get involved in. There are two gravel cleaning training sessions in October, so you can learn about their importance, especially when it comes to salmonid spawning! They have been out testing the equipment ready for you…Why not give it a go? In November, you will have the opportunity to count redds, the spawning scrapes created by salmonids,…