Natural Flood Management-LWDs

14 February, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

We have just finished installing ten Large-Woody Debris structures (LWDs) at a small beck near Windermere, as part of our Natural Flood Management (NFM) programme. NFM aims to reduce or delay the arrival of flood waters downstream, allowing for increased time to prepare for flooding events. This is brought about by restricting the progress of water using natural features and a variety of different techniques- one being Large Woody Debris (LWDs).Other techniques include: creating wetlands, bank restoration, land and soil…

Crosthwaite de-culvert continues

7 February, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

November 2018- SCRT started delivery work on a de-culverting project at Crosthwaite, Cumbria that had been worked up for several months. Funding for the project came from rod licence revenue as well as from crowdfunding, as part of the Dutch WWF dam removal campaign. South Cumbria Rivers Trust are the first to get crowdfunding for a barrier removal. The project was in two stages, working with two separate landowners to remove a significant proportion of the once current culvert. The…


6 February, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

BACK TO BASICS WITH BECKS TO BAY There are many different projects and partnerships that SCRT staff are working and involved in, at any one time. Becks to Bay, a group of local organisations, work together as a partnership under the national Catchment Based Approach initiative. It is something that SCRT have been a proud member of for 4 years but many people don’t know what it is or why it is so important. We want to change that. The…

Riverfly Report!

22 January, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

Our 2018 Riverfly report is now available for you to read on our website. You can find the old reports as well as the new riverfly report here. South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) supported by a wide volunteer network, annually undertake riverfly (invertebrate) surveys as a method of monitoring water quality. The riverfly monitoring initiative is important to monitor the health of a local beck; thereby establishing a population baseline and highlighting any subsequent deterioration in water quality. It is also…

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: 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!

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…

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: 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’…