Pollution incident on Cunsey beck, Windermere

24 June, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

On Wednesday 22nd June 2022 South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) were alerted by a member of the public to a pollution incident on Cunsey beck. It was reported that there had been a large number of fish deaths and visual accounts of grey and foul-smelling water. Environment Agency (EA) officers have attended the scene and started an investigation. The effects of such pollution can have a devastating event on a rivers ecology and may have profound impacts into the future;…

River Kent sediment incident

23 June, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

SCRT Statement Statement by Peter Evoy, South Cumbria Rivers Trust Director about a sediment incident on the River Kent South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) have been working for the last five years on the removal of unnecessary obstacles in our rivers that disrupt the natural ecology of our catchments. We have a project to remove Bowston weir, which spans the width of the River Kent SSSI/SAC, in South Cumbria. We contracted Ebsford Environmental to carry out the removal, and despite…

Windermere CaST away!

20 May, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

Our CaST project, Windermere reedbed restoration, gets underway! We have started works on reedbed restoration at Galava in Ambleside. This is just one site where reedbed creation will be taking place, with support from landowners National Trust. Our contractor has been on site, installing a fence around what will be the new reedbed site on the shore of Lake Windermere. Fencing is erected to keep out wildfowl and livestock from the area. Reedbeds have declined by 90% in recent years,…

Kent Catchment Partnership – Balsam Report 2021

5 May, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

Every year ‘Balsam Bashes’ are organised by volunteers and members of the Kent Catchment Partnership. Himalayan Balsam (HB) is a fast growing invasive non-native species that can be found in many areas around the country. HB specifically loves to grow around rivers and lakes and can spread rapidly choking out native species that can then cause erosion and habitat loss. One positive thing about Balsam, unlike other invasive species, is that it can be pulled out during certain months of…

Floating Islands get a revamp

4 May, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

In 2019, SCRT installed three floating islands in Elterwater as part of our ongoing Elterwater remediation project. Elterwater is a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), formed from three connected basins (inner, middle and outer basin) and fed by Great Langdale Beck and Little Langdale Beck. Situated just outside the small village of Elterwater in the Langdale Valley, Elterwater has been badly affected by historical pollution. SCRT have been working to improve the water quality of Elterwater for a number…

Otter Spotting training

26 April, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

You still have time to book yourself onto our free otter spotting training course, run by our project officer Hannah Teagle this weekend. Learn a new skill and help us identify areas for habitat restoration. Find out more information about the training on our events page here: OTTER SPOTTING 

Riverfly training is back!

22 March, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

Riverfly or invertebrates are small living creatures that live in your river or beck. Even though they are small they can tell us big things! That’s because these creatures are powerful indicators of river health. That is why we set up a riverfly programme for volunteers to learn more about their local river or beck and help collect vital data to help us make improvements in the catchment. Our 2022 riverfly training is back in April to teach more volunteers about…

Walk for South Cumbria Rivers Trust!

16 March, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

We have teamed up with Guide over Sands Trust for a charity walk across the Leven Estuary from Sandgate to Chapel Island! On the 23rd July 2022, participants will walk for South Cumbria Rivers Trust and ticket money will go towards conserving, protecting, monitoring and rehabilitating the aquatic environments of South Cumbria. So how about joining us? The first year the walk is available to the public, this 4-5 mile route across the Leven estuary to Chapel Island, is going…

Bowston weir removal

1 March, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

South Cumbria Rivers Trust have been working up a proposal to remove Bowston weir since 2017. Bowston weir is a three metre high structure that spans the width of the River Kent at Bowston, above Burneside, Kendal. Last week, South Lakeland District Council held a planning committee meeting, where the Bowston weir removal application was heard, discussed and voted upon. Councillors approved the application for removal. SCRT will now be working towards the removal, due to take place this summer,…

Priority habitat and species training

2 February, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

Some SCRT staff and our volunteers have attended a priority habitats and species training session run by Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), who have recently appointed a new priority habitats officer. The training was made available through the National Priority Habitats Scheme which runs in partnership with Natural England. This was the first training session since FBA funding was granted, with more sessions to follow this year. The intention of the training is to gather information on priority river and lake…