Restoring floodplain function on the Yealm

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Fisheries, Projects, Trust News | No Comments
Restoring floodplain function on the Yealm

It’s not often that the planets align in favour of re-wetting a floodplain but that’s exactly what happened earlier this month along a stretch of the River Yealm in Devon. On a clear, sunny winter morning, the purr of a mini digger could be heard in the woods, playing its part in river restoration. The […]

Catchment Management Conference, 2nd & 3rd December

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Events, Trust News | No Comments
Catchment Management Conference, 2nd & 3rd December

Understanding, Targeting and Delivering Catchment Management Exeter Castle, Exeter – 2nd & 3rd December 2014 Celebrating 20 years of the Westcountry Rivers Trust   WHAT: Westcountry Rivers Trust is hosting a 2-day conference on understanding and targeting catchment interventions under the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) and the Catchment Channel Cluster Project (3C) (Day 1) and delivering catchment […]

Ecosystem Services Visualisation for the Catchment Based Approach

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Education, Projects, Trust News | No Comments
Ecosystem Services Visualisation for the Catchment Based Approach

The Westcountry Rivers Trust, in collaboration with DEFRA and the Rivers Trust, has developed a method for undertaking stakeholder-led spatial visualisation of ecosystem services provisioning areas across a catchment landscape. During this participatory process, primary, secondary and tertiary stakeholders and technical specialists work with a broker/facilitator to collate and scrutinise all of the data and […]

Two National Parks Now Accessible to Migratory Fish in the River Taw!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Fisheries, Projects, Trust News | One Comment
Two National Parks Now Accessible to Migratory Fish in the River Taw!

Over the past few years, Westcountry Rivers Trust has been working in partnership with the River Taw Fisheries Association and the Environment Agency to deliver a series of works to improve fish passage for all migratory species of fish within the River Taw catchment. The Taw Access over Weirs (TAW) Project began in 2009 with […]

Tamar Grow Local: Sustainable local food production in the Tamar Valley

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Projects, Trust News | No Comments
Tamar Grow Local: Sustainable local food production in the Tamar Valley

Over the past 3 years, we’ve been working in partnership with stakeholders in the Tamar catchment to develop and deliver a strategic catchment management plan under DEFRA’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBA). Hazel Kendall, the Tamar Catchment Partnership Facilitator at WRT, said “The Tamar partnership has continued to go from strength to strength this year and […]

Chemcatchers™: A novel approach to water quality monitoring

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Projects, Trust News | No Comments
Chemcatchers™: A novel approach to water quality monitoring

Throughout this year, we’ve been developing and expanding our water quality monitoring capabilities here at the Trust, which has included the purchase and use of an innovative new ‘passive sampling’ system. Chemcatcher™ passive samplers (pictured on the left), were developed by the University of Portsmouth and their application, in the method described below, have been further […]

A Fishy Tail from the Classroom

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Education, Fisheries, Projects, Trust News | No Comments
A Fishy Tail from the Classroom

Back in May, pupils at Culmstock Primary School in Devon welcomed some unusually fishy companions to their classroom and did their bit to help conserve one of the South West’s most iconic species of fish, the Atlantic salmon. The pupils took delivery of more than 100 tiny salmon fry as part of a project called […]

Reconnecting the Polgooth Stream

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Fisheries, Projects, Trust News | No Comments
Reconnecting the Polgooth Stream

The Polgooth stream is the largest tributary of the St Austell River, known locally as the White River, and rises near Trewoon, a small village to the west of St Austell. Like many of the streams and rivers that rise in the St Austell and mid-Cornwall area, it has been heavily affected by historic tin […]

OPEN INVITATION to join South Devon Catchment Partnership

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Events, Projects | No Comments
OPEN INVITATION to join South Devon Catchment Partnership

Are you interested in the South Devon river catchments? Do you have increasing pressure on limited budgets and resources?  Do you want to make the most of our combined efforts? If the answer is ‘yes’ then the Westcountry Rivers Trust and South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would like to invite you become part […]

Brook Stream: Morphology for Mitigation

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Brook Stream: Morphology for Mitigation

This culvert on Brook Stream, a small tributary of the River Yealm, was identified in partnership with the Environment Agency as a low cost, quick-win, site for improvement work under the South Hams River Improvement Project (SHRImP). Due to the morphology of the stream immediately downstream from the culvert, there was a significant drop-off at […]