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12 January, 2017 by Dr Meredith Revill

Cumbria has the longest length of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation rivers in England. Help us protect and improve them, sign up to our newsletter to find out how you can get involved and volunteer and donate if you can here: localgiving.org/charity/scrt/.  Thank you!

Upcycle Your Xmas Tree!

5 January, 2017 by Dr Meredith Revill

Please help SCRT protect eroding river banks with ‘green engineering’ methods using old Christmas trees. This will help create perfect habitats for fish and invertebrates! Whilst tree trunks stabilise the bank the conifers act to reduce erosion and trap silt.  SCRT will be making a collection from 73 Appleby Rd, Kendal, LA9 6ES, please leave trees in drive anytime from now until the collection date on Thurs 19th Jan.  Please DO NOT leave any Christmas trees after this date. “Happy New…

Best wishes from the Kent Catchment Partnership

20 December, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

A big “thank you!” to all the volunteers and supporters for all your hard work over the past year: it’s been a successful year for the Kent Catchment Partnership and we’ve definitely started to build a strong foundation to keep delivering over the coming years. There is a lot going on in the Kent at the moment with new projects in the pipeline and developments with the work to deliver catchment wide improvements to flood resilience. We are also considering…

#LocalCharitiesDay #GiveMe5 Xmas gift

15 December, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

Friday 16th December! We are happy to be taking part in the first #LocalCharitiesDay and the #GiveMe5 Localgiving campaign.  Please support our vital river restorations, education programmes and citizen science projects by donating here.  We will keep you up to date with all our work, ”Thank You!”

Fascinating Freshwater Mussels!

29 November, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

Over the last few weeks St Oswald’s, Heron Hill, Langdale and Staveley primary schools have been busy learning about freshwater mussels with our FWPM education team, Biffa Award and Nurture Lakeland. Lots of great artwork has been produced and a mini drama created by the students to celebrate the fantastic lifecycle of freshwater mussels finished off the project. We are eagerly awaiting the finished film! Follow us here to be the first to see it…..

Staveley Embankment Removal

22 November, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

This recent project in Staveley was completed in parnership with farmer John Nichol, South Cumbria Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England, CaBA, Biffa Award and the EU LIFE IP ‘Natural Course’ project. Nearly 800 metres of man-made embankment and river protection were removed from a field just opposite the The Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley. This has enabled the river to reconnect with its floodplain and will help alleviate flooding in the village and further downstream.  Improvements to in-river habitats will also help spawning fish and the…

Dubbs Beck Re-naturalisation

22 November, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

This project aims to re-naturalise a section of Dubbs Beck in the Kentmere catchment. This habitat is important for the endangered species such white-clawed crayfish and freshwater mussels. The project is a partnership between South Cumbria Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Biffa Award and the EU LIFE IP ‘Natural Course’ project. Watch a short film of the project here

Jumb Quarry Slate Spoil Removal, Kentmere

22 November, 2016 by Dr Meredith Revill

SCRT, Environment Agency, Natural England and EU LIFE IP ‘Natural Course’ worked together on the Jumb Quarry project as part of the Cumbrian River Restoration Strategy. The project removed 9000 tonnes of mine spoil from the east Kentmere valley just south of the reservoir. The spoil heaps were the result of slate mining which ceased in the mid 1960’s. They continued to be a problem providing high sediment loads resulting in a concentration of sediment deposition in the river channel…

Reconnecting floodplains….

31 August, 2016 by Dr Mike Sturt

On the 5th September, we’ll be starting a project in the village of Staveley on the River Kent. The project aims to remove 800m of embankment which currently holds the river back away from the floodplain. This work will not only improve the river habitat by reducing scour on the river bed and gravels (therefore maintaining good fish spawning gravels) but it will allow flood waters to more easily spread across the floodplain and hopefully protect properties in the village…