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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Weed control & protect the river!

‘Water-Aware Grassland Weed Control’ was the title of a farmer event recently organised by Westcountry Rivers Trust, on behalf of the Upstream Thinking Project. The aim of the event, held on 19th October at Great Cator Farm courtesy of Mr David Reddaway, was to...

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Walkover on the River Gannel

On a crisp, sunny November morning, Matt and I set out in our waders, food-filled bags on our back, to follow the River Gannel along a six kilometre stretch, on the look for salmonid habitat and potential areas for river improvement works. While we try to stay on the...

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Millbrook Community Workshop

On the 30th November we held a community catchment workshop in Millbrook to discuss the environmental issues and opportunities in the village. Millbrook has a rich and eclectic environmental history. Sat on the edge of the estuary, the village has long been prone to...

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Salmon get new spawning grounds

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is creating new salmon spawning habitats by adding gravel to rivers in Devon and West Somerset. Funded by South West Water, as part of the National Environment Programme, the project aims to increase the number of salmon and trout by...

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The River Buffs Project’s First Meeting

Winding its way through the landscape from Woodcock Hill to its confluence with the Tamar, the River Lyd makes its way into the lives of those who live along and enjoy this 15 mile stretch of beautiful Devonshire countryside. We are gathering together at Sydenham...

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Grassland Weed Control Event

On the 19th October 2016 as part of our Upstream thinking project, we are holding a pesticide workshop in the Dart Catchment. Looking at alternative control methods & yard infrastructure for pesticide handling with the aim of preventing pesticides from entering...

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Brent Island Family Fun Day

On Saturday the 17th of September Westcountry Rivers Trust attended the Brent Island Trust's family fun day. This event was on the back of their 25th anniversary event, again which was a huge success. We took along the education stand and got families Into the river...

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Riverfly training on the Tale

In September 2016 the Westcountry Rivers Trust ran a training workshop on the River Tale at Escot Park based on the “Riverfly” concept. This was on behalf of the River Otter Association’s anglers that have an aspiration to make a difference. This is citizen science...

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The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference 2016

On the 12-13th September over 170 people representing 44 different organisations attended the 2016 River Trust Autumn Conference in Exeter, which was hosted by the Westcountry Rivers Trust. The Conference which was entitled, 'The Partnership approach & assessing...

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A unique send off for a unique man

On the 9th of September on a blustery Carlyon beach we said farewell in a unique way to a unique man. After listening to the words below we held hands for a Celtic blessing before a mad dash for the sea. Some braved the waves and went all the way in, some paddled in...

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We must unite for our environment

Environmental organisations are meeting in Exeter on 12th and 13th September to discuss the implications of the decision to leave the EU and the role of partnership working in protecting the environment.  Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of the Westcountry Rivers Trust...

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Rivers Bring Water to Life

We might not realise it, but water is central to almost everything in our day-to-day lives. Without it, no longer would there be lush green countryside, buzzing hedgerows, juicy strawberries or the gin in our G & T. There is no denying that Westcountry rivers are...

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