Greenburn and Tilberthwaite Copper Mines

25th March 2022 by Jayne Wilkinson

A successful partnership approach has been adopted for a feasibility study around 4 copper mines in two valleys across South Cumbria. The intention was to assess a suite of interventions which would deliver environmental benefit to the nearby watercourses whilst not negatively affecting the heritage value of the sites. South Cumbria Rivers Trust led the Environment Agency funded project in partnership with the National Trust and Lake District National Park Authority. Background: Historic copper mines at Greenburn and Tilberthwaite are a…

Partnership Meeting

11th February 2022 by Jayne Wilkinson

A meeting of the Becks to Bay partnership was held on 10th February. Partners in attendance included South Cumbria Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, United Utilities, Freshwater Biological Association, Natural England, National Trust, Cumbria County Council, Arnside and Silverdale AONB and local business representatives. The partnership met virtually in the morning to discuss project updates from various partners, including projects and planning for Windermere, recently held workshops in the Duddon Valley and the LIFE R4Ever Kent Project. A review of the…

Priority Habitats Training

4th February 2022 by Jayne Wilkinson

This week South Cumbria Rivers Trust staff and volunteers were involved in Priority Habitats Training. The training was run by the Freshwater Biological Association. You can find out more information on the SCRT website. 

Elterwater Restoration – Re-connecting Great Langdale Beck

8th November 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

  South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) have recently delivered a project to re-connect Great Langdale Beck into the middle basin of Elterwater. The project has been delivered in partnership with the National Trust, as the landowners, Natural England & the Environment Agency. Elterwater is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), formed of three interconnected basins. However, over the years the streams flowing into these basins have been diverted and modified so that connect straight to the outer basin. In 2016,…

Climate Change in Freshwaters – A call to action

2nd November 2021 by Rachael Halhead

World Aquatic Scientific Societies, are highlighting the immense threats faced by aquatic ecosystems and call for urgent action on climate change, during the ongoing COP26 summit. Freshwaters are disproportionately important and disproportionately at risk from climate change and other human pressures. Freshwater ecosystems host 10 times the biodiversity per area than the land and the sea, although they are often overlooked. Freshwater vertebrate populations are declining at a rate almost double that of those on land and in the sea…

Seen a water quality incident? Share it with us.

1st October 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

Our rivers are failing, and it’s up to us to do something about it. Each and everyone of us can play our part. All rivers in England are failing chemical standards and only 14% of rivers in England are in good ecological health.  Water quality incidents are frequent and widespread, this hit from multiple sources is putting pressure on already struggling systems. Therefore, South Cumbria Rivers Trust is asking everyone to share any reports of incidents to help build a…

Fight the Aliens Day

16th July 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

On Saturday 10th July, South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Friends of the Lake District joined forces to tackle the invasive non-native, Himalayan Balsam, near Rydal. The day was supported by a big volunteer work force, and other partners including the Lake District National Park, National Trust, Lowther Estates, Rydal Estate and C & S Hodgson (Rydal Hall Farm). You can read more about the success of the day and sign up to further events here.

Rivers Trust Respond to Environment Bill

12th May 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

The Rivers Trust have been campaigning to end sewage pollution in rivers and lakes, and today welcomed proposed amendments to the Environment Bill, as announced by DEFRA. You can read the Rivers Trusts full response to this here. This includes a fantastic story map which highlights the issues at a local level, showing the risks of sewage pollution in rivers and lakes. As local Rivers Trust and catchment partnership, we have been working across South Cumbria for a number of…

Conserving Coniston & Crake

23rd April 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

South Cumbria Rivers Trust have successfully completed a Heritage Fund project, Conserving Coniston & Crake.  The project delivered a wide range of practical conversation improvements, including riverbank fencing, riparian corridor creation, opening up becks and reedbed restoration. This was all supported by an extensive community engagement programme. The team worked closely with partners, including the National Trust, Environment Agency and Lake District National Park, as well as being supported by a wide number of local people and organisations including Envirotech Ecologists,…

Back on Our Map -Vacancy

29th March 2021 by Jayne Wilkinson

Are you a passionate conservationist working with communities? Do you have a strong academic background in the biological sciences and/or extensive experience of community engagement in an environmental context? Do you want to deliver species restoration in and around Morecambe Bay – a Site of Special Scientific Interest, adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Lake District National Park, now with UNESCO World Heritage Status? Join the Back On Our Map (BOOM) Project Team. BOOM is a…