NEWS: Proposal to remove Bowston Weir

11 April, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

South Cumbria Rivers Trust are currently working up a proposal to remove Bowston weir, near Burneside in South Cumbria. Discussions are still underway but in the meantime we encourage you to check the Bowston Question & Answer Document. We have conducted a number of investigations into the removal proposal and a full design report can be found here. A flood risk assessment has also been carried out which can be viewed here: flood risk assessment. If you have any additional questions or…

Spannel Beck revival

4 April, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

Matt Carroll, our project officer has been working on Spannel Beck, to the South of Cartmel Fell. Spannel Beck is a tributary of the River Winster in South Cumbria. The project incorporated watercourse fencing, formalised hard standing crossing points and alternative livestock drinking solutions, that will improve over 800 metres of aquatic habitat. The beck suffered from excessive livestock poaching and sedimentation. Fencing has meant that the livestock will be excluded from the watercourse and will no longer be able…

Reforming & Flowering – Rusland Pool

7 March, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

Matt Carroll, our project delivery officer, has been working on a getting a 55 metre section of river in the Rusland Pool area, de-culverted over the last few months. A culvert is a buried structure that allows water to flow under a road, field, trail etc from one side to another without obstruction. The site forms part of a wetland area and by de-culverting the site, the natural stream habitat can now be restored; quickly benefiting fish, invertebrates and other…

River Mint rehabilitation

21 February, 2019 by Rachael Halhead

In 2017, the SCRT team took on a ‘green’ engineering bank protection project on the River Mint. This meant driving and fixing large tree stumps with attached root plates, known as ‘root wads’ into the river bank. This technique is used as the protruding root plates act as a means of dissipating the rivers energy, therefore reducing the erosive power of the river. We have just completed this project by planting trees between the fencing and bank protection. Introducing a riparian…

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…