Catchment Based Approach Triples Public Investment!

20th February 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA), is an initiative to drive collaborative water management across England. The latest (2018-2019) report showing the benefits and a summary of the environmental work achieved under this initiative has been published. The benefits arising include improvements to water quality, addressing flood risk and water scarcity and empowering local communities through citizen science. Furthermore, the report states that during the period of 2018 to 2019, for every £1 directly invested by Government, CaBA partnerships have raised £3.20…

River Basin Management Plan Consultation is Live

14th February 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

On the 24th October the Environment Agency launched their Challenges and Choices consultation. This is the second consultation which will inform updates to the River Basin Management Plans from 2015. It is open until the 24th April 2020.  In this consultation the Environment Agency have described what they think are the biggest challenges affecting the water environment and have outlined ideas on how to address them. They are now asking for your views and what you think should be done.…

North West Marine Plans

13th February 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

There is currently a public consultation on the draft Inshore and Offshore North West Marine Plans. Live or visit the coast? Then this is relevant to you. The consultation closes on the 6th April 2020. Further information can be found on the North West Coastal Forum website.  Or view their poster

BOOM!

3rd February 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

……Back on Our Map BOOM, or to give it it’s full title, Back on Our Map is an exciting new project being led by the University of Cumbria. The project is looking to re-introduce a suite of locally threatened or extinct species into the area around Morecambe Bay. More information on the project can be found on their website.  We have been speaking to the BOOM project team to discuss opportunities with a focus on the re-introduction of aspen. Over…

Fish Surveys 2019

22nd January 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

Our Electrofishing (fish surveys) report from 2019 is now available. This covers the programme undertaken by South Cumbria Rivers Trust during the summer of 2019 and links with the data collected by the Environment Agency. Electrofishing is a technique used to assess juvenile salmonid (salmon and trout) populations, helping us to understand trends over time and make an assessment of habitat. Salmonids are key indicators of freshwater health and general catchment functioning and therefore this monitoring provides important data and…

Elterwater

Looking Ahead to 2020

2nd January 2020 by Jayne Wilkinson

2019 was once again a busy and varied year; we’ve been out delivering projects, working with local communities, monitoring our rivers and discussing exciting new ideas and plans for the future. However, now its time to turn our attention to 2020 and the years to come. Our partnership, Becks to Bay, operates under 7 agreed themes (as to the right), which are all supported by engagement. It is our aim to deliver improvements against these themes, however this is only…

WAMM – Wholescale Approach to Marine Management

13th December 2019 by Jayne Wilkinson

As a catchment partnership we are involved in an exciting new project called WAMM; Wholescale Approach to Marine Management. This is a 16 month project being led by the Rivers Trust and funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The aim of the project is to support a collaborative approach to the management of estuarine and coastal waters with the pilot running in Morecambe Bay. The three catchment partnerships around Morecambe Bay, hosted by Lune Rivers Trust, Wyre Rivers…

Cumbria Coastal Strategy

28th November 2019 by Jayne Wilkinson

Cumbria Coastal Strategy Public consultation deadline – 13th December 2019 Work on the Cumbria Coastal Strategy is well under way and due to be completed in Spring 2020. The project is being led by Jacobs and managed by Cumbria County Council on behalf of all the Cumbria coastal Risk Management Authorities. The Environment Agency are funding this work and are part of the project governance. There is currently a second round of consultation, if you’d like to share your views…

Challenges and Choices Consultation

8th November 2019 by Jayne Wilkinson

On the 24th October the Environment Agency launched their Challenges and Choices consultation. This is the second consultation which will inform updates to the River Basin Management Plans from 2015 and is open until the 24th April 2020. In this consultation the Environment Agency have described what they think are the biggest challenges affecting the water environment and have outlined ideas on how to address them. They are now asking for your views and what you think should be done.…

Love My River – Vote for us Now!

14th October 2019 by Jayne Wilkinson

South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Groundwork (Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside) have teamed up to deliver a ‘Love My River’ project. Under the Tesco Community Grants scheme this project has been shortlisted to receive a cash award, of £25,000, £15,000 or £10,000 as part of the Tesco Bags of Help centenary grant initiative, however, now they need your help to secure the top grant. The ‘Love My River’ project will deliver a range of practical workshops, education programmes and training opportunities to…