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 We gave farms in the River Fowey catchment a safe and confidential way to remove banned and out of date pesticides therefore reducing the risk of a pollution event occurring....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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Good Farm, Bad Farm crosses the sea

We are pleased to see that our ‘Good Farm, Bad Farm illustration’ is being used in the Ballinderry Rivers Trust new River School. We commissioned artist Mark Stacey to clearly illustrate how simple interventions can reduce the impact of agricultural activity on the...

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WMN Comment: Helping fish swim Upstream

To celebrate World Fish Migration Day, Adrian Dowding talks to the Western Morning News about our work on the Taw catchment. Over the last six years a huge amount of my time and energy has been spent removing barriers to migrating fish in the River Taw. This has...

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The Chemcatchers are in!

  This week we have been out and about with South West Water deploying ChemcatchersTM passive samplers across our catchments as part of our Upstream Thinking project. We have developed this exciting new technology in conjunction with SWW, the University of...

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Sniffing out weirs….

On Monday 11th April 2016 a number of WRT fisheries staff plus Will Pelham, a Masters student form Plymouth University, undertook some in-house fish passage assessment training to help share good practice and develop their skills further. This training was related to...

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Pinpoint training for the next generation

Westcountry Rivers Trust in association with the Rivers Trust and Catchment Sensitive Farming have delivered two PinPoint Training sessions in the South West. Both sessions were aimed at the next generation of farmers and land managers focussing on students at Duchy...

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Fowey River farms offered safe pesticide disposal

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is giving farms in the River Fowey catchment a safe and confidential way to get rid of banned pesticides. The amnesty, which will run from 1st to 31st May, will allow farmers to get rid of pesticides, which now carry penalties, in a safe...

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Riverfly is coming to Cornwall!

As part of the process of setting up a Riverfly Hub for Cornwall, Ben Fitch visited us to train WRT staff members to become Riverfly monitors. Some members of staff where further trained to become trainers, enabling the creation of a Cornwall based Riverfly Training...

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3 Rivers & 500 trees!

As part of the 3 Rivers CPAF project we wanted to create woodlands in the Tavy catchment. Not only will this achieve all the usual benefits trees bring but also help regulate rain fall, surface water flows and, potentially, capture phosphate.The 3 Rivers in question,...

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Catchment Management by Air

The Westcountry Rivers Trust has been working with the University of Exeter to trial rapid, low-cost remote sensing technologies. A specially developed smartphone app offers a affordable way for environmental charities, such as WRT, to benefit from the use of a remote...

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Why rivers matter to WRT

Last week at the Westcountry Rivers Trust we were celebrating UN World Water Day and a number of our team shared their thoughts on why rivers matter so much to them, both in and out of work. It is clear that rivers are so important for so many different reasons. They...

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