Discovery day delights

19 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

  We had a wonderful time with the local community for Crosthwaite Discovery Day on both 18th July and 4th August! We had lots of children and families attend; crafting mini-creatures, discovering wildlife, exploring and learning about what creatures can be found in our rivers. Thank you to everyone who attended the event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Please contact us with feedback, we would love to hear from you:

A big hello to Amy

18 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

Amy is currently volunteering with SCRT in order to gain valuable work experience over the Summer months, before heading back to Aberystwyth University for her final year in Countryside Management. Amy has already been busy, helping out on a number of different projects with SCRT staff. Take a look at what she’s been working on here.

Crosthwaite Crowd Funding Opportunity

16 July, 2018 by Matthew Carroll

South Cumbria Rivers Trust is working with local landowners & Crosthwaite C E Primary School to make habitat improvements to a beck that runs through Crosthwaite. Currently the beck is a narrow underground culvert which has little value for wildlife and proves a barrier for migrating fish. The work will open up this channel, improving 250m2 of habitat both in river and along the beck margins, benefiting wildlife and the school. Alongside the opened beck a wildlife pond and dipping…

All England Stone Skimming Championships 2018!

11 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

This unique, time-honored tradition of throwing flat stones across still water is back, as the All England Stone Skimming competition returns for its 10th year running! Join us on the 18th August for more fun than you can throw a stone at! Click here for further information and directions to the event.

Crosthwaite Discovery Day

11 July, 2018 by Rachael Halhead

On Wednesday 18th July and Saturday 4th August, SCRT will be running an event near Crosthwaite for people to come and discover the types of creatures that can be found in local becks and rivers. Great for families and great for people to find out more about SCRT and what we do. Please click here for more information about the event.

Upcoming Balsam Bashes!

4 July, 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

The Balsam Bashes are now well under way and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have already been involved, we could not do it without you. Information about the upcoming events are below. Please, click here if you want to see further dates for the summer. The next three bashes are: Saturday 11th August 09:30-12:30    Ings We’ll be checking the stream down from the Heights and some other patches around Ings.  Meet on the A591 at junction…

Event: What Lies Beneath

29 June, 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Becks to Bay are running a family fun activity day. Join us on Saturday 21st July at the Railway Meadows in Dalton-in-Furness (LA15 8DP) This is a fantastic opportunities for all the family to get up close to some of the creatures which live in our local becks. There’s also the chance to have a go at arts and crafts and learn about how you can look after you local beck. This free event is running alongside…

Matt’s Blog 4

5 June, 2018 by Matthew Carroll

10 WEEKS IN! How time flies! Over the last few weeks I have been doing loads to progress the projects I mentioned in my last blog post. These are the Winster and Gilpin habitat improvement project and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel BIFFA funded project. I have also managed to get out and about to help Mike West a few times on his Heritage Lottery Funded Coniston and Crake project and it has been great to watch and learn from an…

Let’s Get Balsam Bashing

3 May, 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

It’s that time of year again when we start to see the emergence of Himalayan Balsam, so lets get ‘Bashing’! We have developed a programme to target the priority balsam areas; and we now need your help for the following dates and places: Many thanks to Ken Taylor and all our local co-ordinators for your fantastic contribution to helping tackle balsam across South Cumbria; and of course thank you to all of you, we couldn’t do it without you. Please…

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Juvenile Habitat Investigation

25 April, 2018 by Matthew Carroll

We are currently conducting a research trial alongside the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) looking into juvenile habitats and the oxygen levels in the hyporheic zone. This is the region beneath and alongside a stream bed, where there is a mixture of shallow groundwater and surface water. Dissolved oxygen (DO) within the hyporheic (gravel interstitial spaces) zone is crucial to the survival of juvenile mussels which bury themselves under the surface of the gravel until they are sufficiently large to emerge and begin…