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Work experience is all go, go, go!

13 July, 2023 by Rachael Halhead

Hello there, I’m Ruby. Over the past few days, I’ve tagged along with the team here at SCRT as part of my work experience. Firstly, I want to say thank you, often work experience can involve making tea and sorting out the cupboard. But that is miles away from what I have been up to. From e-fishing to marking up trees for leaky dams, I have glimpsed the breadth of the work done here at SCRT. One thing I found…

Eels in the Classroom

6 July, 2023 by Rachael Halhead

Eels in the Classroom This two-year project, supported by BAE Systems and United Utilities has now come to an end, well, nearly….. Fitting alongside some practical delivery work in the Barrow and Furness area to improve fish migration, the project was set up to give four schools an amazing opportunity to learn about a critically endangered species, the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and about our rivers too. We took advice from other river trusts and the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG)…

Identifying Invasives with Sammy

5 July, 2023 by Rachael Halhead

Hi, my name is Sammy. I’m a recent graduate of animal conservation science. Having studied for three years, plus a placement year, at the University of Cumbria, I have been recently employed by South Cumbria Rivers Trust as an invasive non-native species coordinator. This means I will work with various people to get rid of invasive species that aren’t from the UK that are causing huge negative impacts to our local species, ecosystem and wildlife. The areas I’m working in…

CaST coppicing

9 February, 2023 by Rachael Halhead

With the help of volunteers, SCRT has carried out a series of coppicing events to increase light to reedbeds around Windermere. The CaST project is focused on restoring and maintaining reedbeds around Windermere. Reedbeds have declined 90% despite being important, not only for providing valuable habitat for birds, mammals, invertebrates and more but they also act as natural filters, removing nutrients and re-oxygenating water. Succession on the inland edge of existing reedbeds can lead to high tree cover and over…

Floating islands of Elterwater

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…

Emma on the Kent

9 February, 2022 by Rachael Halhead

I’ve joined South Cumbria Rivers Trust as a Project Officer for the EU LIFE 4ever Kent project. I have experience in hydro-ecology and geomorphology as I previously worked as a hydro-ecologist. As part of this I’ve previously worked on fish pass designs, fish habitat surveys and fluvial geomorphological walkovers. As a new project officer, I will primarily be working on the EU LIFE4ever Kent project which sets out to restore and revitalise the River Kent Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)…

Hannah’s in the house

28 October, 2021 by Rachael Halhead

Two Months Blog I am now two months into my role as a Project Officer and have loved learning new aspects of my job, as well as developing my own projects! Since last month I have started learning more about Crayfish, something I am really interested in. Cumbria is home the UK’s only native species of crayfish, the White-Clawed Crayfish. This species is at risk due to factors such as pollution, sedimentation, and the spread of the crayfish plague by…

Hannah’s in the house

19 October, 2021 by Rachael Halhead

One Month I have officially been a project officer for a month! Over the last couple of weeks, I have been busy completing walkover surveys to identify possible new projects. These took place in both the Poaka and Winster catchments, which gave me a chance to explore both places a bit more. It also gave me a great opportunity to put some of what I had learnt in the first two weeks to use, not only spotting issues but also…

Hannah’s in the (SCRT) house – 1 week in

28 September, 2021 by Rachael Halhead

Week 1: I started my new role as a Project Officer for SCRT just over two weeks ago and I have learnt a lot since. On my first day, I had a few introductory meetings to learn the basic protocols of the trust alongside my first look at my probation plan, which outlines my targets for the next three months. This day also gave me a nice opportunity to meet the rest of the team as everyone came in and…

World Fish Migration Day 2020!

5 February, 2020 by Rachael Halhead

January 2020- Blog by Roxanne Diaz, World Fish Migration Foundation Communications Manager © Jeremy Monroe Migratory fishes are a strong, remarkable group of species. There are more than 1,100 freshwater species which migrate a distance of more than 100 km; some swim over 11,000 km over the course of their lifetimes. They navigate using the currents, magnetic fields, and with their sense of taste and smell. Migratory fish are a crucial link in the food chain and play an important role…