Easter fun at Easter Fayre

Join us on Saturday 20 April for an Easter hunt with a difference.Become a 'river detective' with us as part of Trago's Easter Fayre, and discover more about the river Fowey and how you can help us keep it healthy for wildlife and people.Suitable for families, our...

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New CEO for our national organisation

The Rivers Trust has announced the appointment of Mark Lloyd as its new Chief Executive.Mark will be taking over from the current Chief Executive, Arlin Rickard (pictured left), who was instrumental in the creation of the Westcountry Rivers Trust and its first...

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Our CEO talks rivers and politics in the Western Morning News

As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, a number of the team will be sharing their own thoughts, ideas, frustrations and joys relating to the future of our West Country rivers and habitats.Laurence Couldrick, our CEO, kicks off the first opinion piece (printed...

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Fly Fishing for all at informative event

The seventh South West Fly Fair got the Trout fishing season off with a bang on Saturday 16 March, and we were pleased to be a part of it.Fly fishermen from all over the region attended the annual show, held at Roadford Lake and hosted by South West Lakes Trust.Its a...

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Devon’s WI tasting and treats

We had a wonderful time with the women from Devon's Women's Institute on Tuesday 12 March at the John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Exeter event.More than 1,000 members attended a special evening of tastings, demonstrations and general merriment. We...

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Women Working With Water on #IWD2019

This year’s International Women’s Day focuses on improving gender balance across the world while celebrating women’s achievements socially, economically, culturally and politically. Here at Westcounty Rivers Trust the team has a 50% split of women and men working at...

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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary year…with chutney

What an exciting start to our 25th anniversary year as food producer Otter Vale chooses to support us as part of their own 40th year in business celebration.For every jar and tub of Devon Chutney you buy this year, they will share a donation between us and Devon Air...

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Woodlands – Water – Fisheries Workshop

Reflecting on the wooded nature of the Walkham Catchment, together with its importance as a salmonid fishery and Natural Flood Management (NFM), we held a woodlands, water and fisheries workshop to engage and bring together all relevant stakeholders to exchange...

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Water For Growth: Habitat Work

Removal of barriers to fish migration forms the greatest part of Water For Growth (W4G) but getting fish up to poor spawning grounds or unhealthy juvenile habitat would be a wasted effort so a program of rehabilitation of these areas has been employed to...

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Fish Pass: our innovative new angling app

The funding we received to improve fish passage and salmonid habitat was balanced with our aim to get more people fishing. If our work on weirs and the rivers can increase stocks of fish, then bringing a greater number of anglers to experience the fishing...

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Water for Growth: Barriers to Migration

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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