Evidence Gathering

23rd August 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Each summer we have a jam packed monitoring programme, comprising a series of fish surveys, riverfly (invertebrate)surveys and some water quality monitoring. However, this year the dry weather condition we experienced in May – July have put a hold on some of this work. Fish surveys in particular have been put on hold, with only a small number being scheduled in for September. This is because river levels were too low earlier in the summer and high water temperatures meant…

Event: What Lies Beneath

18th June 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Becks to Bay in conjunction with Dalton Football Club are running a family fun activity day. Join us on Saturday 21st July at the Railway Meadow in Dalton-in-Furness (LA15 8DP). A fantastic opportunity for all the family to get up close with some of the creatures which live within your local becks, have some fun with arts and crafts and learn about how you can support you local beck. This free event is running alongside a community…

Riverfly Training

15th May 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Many thanks to all our volunteers who came along at the weekend for a days riverfly training. It was great to see lots of new faces. It was equally great to see some returning faces at our riverfly refresher on Monday – and we had such a beautiful evening for it too. Riverfly surveys use a small group of invertebrates as an indicator of water quality. Therefore, citizen science allows us to get widespread coverage across South Cumbria to identify…

Save our Soils

25th April 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Soil is currently being destroyed 10 times faster than it is being created. This is not only putting the farming sector at risk and costing England & Wales £1.2 billion a year, but it is also negatively affecting the health of our rivers.  A new report by WWF, The Rivers Trust and The Angling Trust shows that spending approximately £10 million a year on soil protection measures would ensure a future for agriculture and reverse the decline of our rivers. This…

Barrows Beautiful Places

2nd March 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Join South Cumbria Rivers Trust and a number of other partners at the Barrow’s Beautiful Places event on Saturday 24th March. This is your chance to come along and help us celebrate the beautiful places of barrow and the surrounding area. There will be opportunities to learn more about the local area and to find out how you can get involved with numerous activities. The event is organised by Cumbria County Council and is hosted at The Forum, Barrow on Saturday…

Heroes Assemble!

20th February 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Great British Spring Clean River Litter Pick – Saturday 3rd March, Kendal. POSTPONED until Saturday 10th March. Did you know that 80% of marine litter comes from land? As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend, we are collaborating with Zero Waste Kendal and the Kent Catchment Partnership to run a litter pick along the banks of the River Kent. John Wright, a member of the Kent Catchment Partnership attended a training course provided by Thames 21…

AgriBuzz Newsletter

23rd January 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

The Environment Agency have released their second issue of Agri-buzz for farmers and land managers in Cumbria. Read the latest issue here. Topics in this issue include: Launch of the New Farming Rules for Water Avian Influenza Safe Management of slurry in wet weather

Volunteer Opportunities for 2018

5th January 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Have you made a New Years Resolution to be more active? Or would you like to give more back to your local area? meet new people? Make a difference? Why not check out our Get Involved pages for more ideas and inspiration. There’s plenty of events and volunteering opportunities to get stuck into in South Cumbria. So why not start our new year off in style and get involved with something new.

2017 – A Year In Review

15th December 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Wow! What a year it has been for the Becks to Bay partnership. We’ve really grown, developed and delivered this year and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. 2017 has seen the delivery of a wide number of projects. Not only that but it has also seen some exciting new partnership opportunities arising and new connections evolving. A major development was the publication of this website which we hope you find a useful tool for learning more about your…

New Farming Rules for Water

7th December 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

On the 30th November DEFRA announced that from April 2018 all farmers in England will need to follow new rules to protect water quality. These rules will require farmers to keep soil on their land, match nutrients to crop and soil needs and keep livestock fertilisers and manure out of the water.  This will benefit farmers financially by saving money via greater nutrient use efficiency, increasing productivity and reducing the loss of soils and land. Additionally, these measures will also…