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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An old problem, with a chemical solution?

The Dart Acid Remediation trial on the West Dart River has a specific focus; to raise the pH level (the measure of how acid or alkaline a solution is) of the river water. The iconic granite of Dartmoor means that the river is naturally slightly acidic due to the...

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South West Invasive Species Forum

WRT attended the second South West Invasive Species Forum on Monday, the start of National Non-Native Invasive Species week 2017. Nicola Morris, who runs the Student Non-Native Invasive Group SINNG, chaired the jam-packed day. The talks ranged from the latest research...

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Old Weirs, New Problems

Improving fish passage on weirs is one of the core activities of the Westcountry Rivers Trust's Fisheries team.  However, it is not uncommon to encounter the view that we are wasting our time, and considerable amounts of money, on fixing a problem that does not need...

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River Cottage Visits WRT

WRT fisheries scientist Scott & his team recently spent some time filming with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who is passionate about eels! This included some eel chat over a pint and a log fire the night before and finished with Hugh up to his waist in mud helping with...

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Games by the River

Whatever your age, rivers are places where so many happy memories are made. In the Westcountry - where we are never more than 2 miles from a river - we all have so many tales of time enjoyed by the river. River walks, picnics, paddling, camping trips, river games…...

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Meet Annabel Martin

Meet Annabel, Annabel is a member of the Trust’s farm advisory team,  specialising in soil and nutrient management. She also advises farmers on fencing watercourses and improving yard infrastructure in the Dart Catchment. "My Job is a combination of meeting very...

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