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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Bath Lido Fish Rescue

Westcountry Rivers Limited (the trading arm of Westcountry Rivers Trust) were recently in Bath to undertake a drain-down and fish rescue at the oldest Lido in Britain, Cleveland Pools. The pool lies next to the River Avon and was once a welcome respite from the hot...

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Dr Dylan Bright – Bright by name & bright by nature

On the 24th August 2016 the world of river conservation and catchment management suffered a considerable loss. Dr Dylan Bright, who had been fighting cancer for the past two years, sadly passed away peacefully with his whole family round him, including his wife Janine...

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Ecosystem Services – Who knows what they’re talking about?

Kathi Bauer, our resident ecosystem services expert, talks us through this innovative subject area. Lots of the work we do at WRT is focused on or at least related to understanding the ecosystem services that nature provides us with. “Ecosystem services” seems to be...

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Record breaking Countryman’s Fair!

The Westcountry Rivers Trust returned to the Cornwall & Devon Countryman’s Fair this month, and this time as the main beneficiary chosen by the Committee, as this event donates to a number of local charities. This ever popular biennial event welcomes thousands of...

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Winner of Best Educational Trade Stand!

The Upstream Thinking team for the River Dart catchment attended Totnes Show on Sunday 31st July, and were delighted to be awarded the ‘Best Educational Trade Stand’ award. Upstream Thinking is funded by South West Water and is being delivered in five catchments...

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Iconic fish making a recovery in the Lerryn

Last year as part of the South Cornwall River Improvement Project (SCRIP) a significant barrier to fish migration was removed on the river Lerryn, a tributary of the Fowey that rises near East Taphouse and flows through the historic Boconnoc estate, before flowing...

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Investing in our future – Rivers, Farming and Politics…

Our CEO, Dr Laurence Couldrick, gives his thoughts on a meeting with Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, WRT senior farm advisor Ross Cherrington, one of his farmers on the Tamar, Monica Reed, South West Water’s Head of Sustainability and SWW Upstream Thinking Manager,...

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Messing about on the River 2016

We set up the Westcountry Rivers Trust stand in the usual position on the banks of the River Tale for ‘Messing About on the River’ 2016. Over the course of the day, several families spent time in the river kick-sampling and discovering the breadth of the aquatic life,...

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Climate change in the West Country

Today there is little doubt that human activities since the Industrial Revolution have been leading to a warming of the planet. In the UK, not only will this affect temperatures, but rainfall will be altered within our changing climate. Four of the five wettest years...

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Lewannick’s Water Warriors

Earlier in the year Lewannick Primary School in conjunction with Westcountry Rivers Trust secured a Partnership Grant from The Royal Society. Partnership Grants fund up to £3000 for science, technology, engineering or mathematics projects supported by teachers and...

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Pesticide amnesty a resounding success

This spring we trialed a pesticide amnesty on the Fowey catchment which was a huge success! We gave farms in the River Fowey catchment a safe and confidential way to remove banned and out of date pesticides therefore reducing the risk of a pollution event occurring....

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Where are the gravels?

WRT fisheries scientist Scott West explains some of his research into gravel reintroduction "I spent the day alongside Plymouth University and fellow fisheries team member Matt Healey where we have been involved with some exciting work introducing gravels to the upper...

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Fish do live in trees?!

Scott West, one of WRT's Fisheries Scientist's recently attended a Wild Trout Trust workshop. Here is what he had to say..... I attended a workshop run by the Wild Trout Trust (WTT) on one of their practical, in-river, workshops alongside the Environment Agency &...

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WRT Boards arrive in the St Austell and Par Catchments

Next time you are out by the St Austell and Par rivers, look out for WRT's interpretation boards! An important element of our South Cornwall River Improvement Project (SCRIP) is to engage and provide information to those people who live in and visit the catchment on a...

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Looking 25 years ahead…

Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of the Westcountry Rivers Trust, gives his thoughts on DEFRA's 25 year Environment Plan. I have just returned from a meeting in Exeter that involved the environmental great and good from Devon and Cornwall. The topic in discussion? The...

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Inspiring the future generation

On Sunday the 26th June, Scott West, a fisheries scientist from WRT joined forced with Dean Asplin from the Angling Trust to deliver a partnership day focused on introducing young people to the sport of fishing. The day was part of “Taunton wildlife week” organised...

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2015 Annual Review hot off the press!

2015 turned out to be another year of change but this time slightly more predictable. We came to the end of some of our bigger projects, such as the Catchment Restoration Funds projects, and transitioned from the previous Upstream Thinking Phase 1 project into a...

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Moving forward as one…..

Dr Laurence Couldrick (Westcountry Rivers Trust CEO) gives his thoughts on the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union on the Trust and the environment. This morning we woke up to a new Britain – a divided Britain.  The country has not voted with...

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