Cornish Barrier Removal

Rivers across the world have long been exploited for powering industry, from 19th and 20th century mills to more modern hydroelectric generation. Weirs were built to impound an artificial and consistent head of water, allowing abstracted flows to feed the...

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Soaking it up with SPONGE2020

They say time flies when you are having fun. Well, time flies especially fast when you are having fun delivering a multi-year EU project! We are halfway through SPONGE 2020, as the midterm conference that will be held in Southend in September shows. In the past two...

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Soil & Salmon: Keeping soil on the land to save our salmon

Soils in the UK are finally getting some much needed attention, though funded research, policy changes and the coming together of interested parties who are united in the drive to improve our understanding of this precious resource. However, there is much still to be...

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Soils Alive!!

20 farmers this week from the Tavy and Tamar catchments got together at Hurlditch Farm, Lamerton near Tavistock to exchange information about grassland and soil management to maximise profitability and improve water quality in the river. Tony and Jenny...

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Westcountry Women Working With Water

International Women’s Day this year is certainly promising to be even more interesting than usual, with gender equality being present on pretty much everyone’s agenda over the last few months. Questions about how we perceive, encourage and reward...

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Water for growth: one year in!

The 15th of February 2017 saw Westcountry Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, Natural England, Scott Mann MP, TV and radio crews, convene on Camelford park on the banks of the river Camel to officially launch Water For Growth. One year on and the full significance of...

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Gravel bringing salmon back to Devon river

New spawning habitats are bringing salmon back to a stretch of the River Avon. In a five-minute spot survey this autumn, the Westcountry Rivers Trust counted 21 juvenile salmon on a stretch of river where no salmon or trout were counted four years ago. Over the last...

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Crow Point Estuary clean up & BBQ

We would like to invite you to our Estuary clean up & BBQ! On October 23rd, Join us for a short walk along the estuary of the River Taw and hear about its history and wildlife before picking our way along the river to collect accumulated litter - and...

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Soil carbon and soil organic matter

The work carried out on a small project on a very small budget was included in the presentations at the Soil Organic Matter Symposium held recently at Rothamsted http://www.som2017.org/  which was attended by over 400 people from  44 different countries....

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Nature in Urban Spaces

The value of green and blue spaces in our towns and cities cannot be overestimated and must be a priority for planners working to change our towns and cities over the coming years, says Nick Paling of the Westcountry Rivers Trust. The natural world plays a key role in...

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WRT welcomes Dave Thomas

We are delighted to say that Dave Thomas has joined the WRT family, Here is what Dave has to say..... With a background in ecology on canals & waterways, agrochemicals and working for contractors conducting practical vegetation management I...

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Discover the Dart with the Westcountry Rivers Trust

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is inviting local people to discover more about one of the region’s most iconic rivers. A free event in Ashburton on 5th October will give people a chance to find out more about the river Dart and its wildlife. The afternoon...

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First 100 volunteers sign up to monitor Westcountry rivers

Over 100 volunteers have now signed up to help the Westcountry Rivers Trust to monitor the health of rivers across the region. The Westcountry CSI (Citizen Science Investigation) project aims to encourage more people to take a closer look at their local river, stream...

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Confluence: Annual Review 2016

2016 was a challenging year for the Trust, mirroring the wider trials faced by Britain and the world in general. The move towards more nationalistic narratives, often seemingly at the expense of holistic integrated thinking, has brought division, uncertainty and...

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Westcountry Rivers Trust is partnering with the Flood Expo 2017

Westcountry Rivers Trust has joined forces with the Flood Expo 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London. The Flood Expo is simply unique; it’s the world’s largest exhibition and...

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Trekenner School Make a Splash!

Last week we were joined by budding river scientists from Trekenner Primary School for a day of rivers, nature and sunshine at Sydenham Estate. Reception and Year 1 pupils from the Squirrels Class pulled on their wellies and spent the day discovering the...

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Comment: Resilient catchment and communities

Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, discusses catchment resilience There has been a lot of talk about drought in the past few weeks and whilst it has been the driest winter in 20 years our increasingly variable weather patterns are now part of the...

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Garramarsh needs you!

After some major flooding, on the river Mole (in North Devon), at the tail end of last year, the levels dropped and revealed swaths of detritus washed down. Macabre Christmas Trees line the bank as shredded black silage wrap hang from the branches. On a gloomy day it...

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Comment: Environmental Leadership

After a BBC report that the Defra 25 year vision ‘Lacks policies’ and ‘may not even be published’, Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, asks: is that the real problem? If you look at any book on Leadership it will probably quote the African proverb...

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Fish Survey Results 2016

Westcountry Rivers Trust undertake Fry Index Fish Surveys on a catchment-wide basis in order to assess the ‘first year’ (0+ cohort) of salmonids within the river system/s. By looking at salmon and trout we are surveying the fish most sensitive to environmental change....

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Celebrating the Year of the Yeo

Our monthly celebrations of the 'Year of the Yeo' continued last week with a 'Creative Writing and Storytelling' event down by the river. In the fantastic setting of Yeovil County Park, we were joined by local author and storyteller Beth Webb, who read us...

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