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 the...

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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 part...

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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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