As part of ongoing projects, we work with local community groups, schools and adults through education events, training and volunteer programmes.

We are always striving to make connections and educate people about the rivers and habitats of South Cumbria. As rivers provide a plethora of benefits to both people and to wildlife, educating people about how best to treat them can only help ensure river health and biodiversity in the future.

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, the film can be viewed here:

We enjoyed spending the day exploring and investigating the River Bela with Y5/6 students from Milnthorpe Primary School.  The day began with a look and a discussion about river features, watersheds and the whole catchment based approach which is fundamental to our work.The students then worked in small groups to do a river life survey. We found lots of very young plaice, cased caddisfly larvae, mayfly larvae, leeches, water beetles and elvers.  The students learned how to use a biotic index of freshwater species to determine that the river was very healthy.  We took lots of photographs and inspiration back to the classroom ready to begin creating arty crafts for the student’s summer term projects.  The artwork will be on display in the crafts tent at the Westmorland County Show, we’re very excited to see it!

What is a catchment?

Who Lives In Your River?

Identifying and Recording

A Closer Look

Biotic Indices

Team Working