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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JANUARY/FEBRUARY ABOUT RIVERS


West Cumbria Rivers Trust will be kicking off the new year with a series of talks from local experts. Come and join us to learn more about our rivers and lakes, the wildlife they contain and how they are managed.


The series will start with a talk from our own Rebecca Neal and Keswick local Johnnie Walker, on amphibians and the rescue missions we will be carrying out to make sure migrating toads can safely cross major roads.


Thursday 18th January at Lake Road Chapel, Keswick - Why did the toad cross the road? Amphibian ecology and toad rescues.


In February, Professor Ian Whinfield will join us to talk about the rare Arctic char fish, which is making a comeback in the Lake District.


Tuesday 6th February, Yew Tree Hall, Lorton - Arctic Char: Cumbrian ecology of an ice age relic.


With Cumbria having suffered repeated flooding in recent years, there is a need to ‘slow the flow’ and hold more water in the landscape to reduce flood risk to towns and villages. West Cumbria Rivers Trust will talk about their ongoing and planned projects and Daniel Turner from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust will be showcasing some of the measures taken in Wharfedale to ‘slow the flow’.


Wednesday 28th February, Braithwaite Institute, Braithwaite - Using Natural processes to manage flood risk.


The River Derwent is one of the best salmon and trout rivers in the north of England. Each year, West Cumbria Rivers Trust survey the fish populations. The Fisheries Officer will present the results of this year’s survey and the projects we have been undertaking to improve habitat for fish.


Tuesday 13th March, Cockermouth Town Hall – Salmon and trout in the Derwent catchment.


Andrew Lowe, former Conservation Officer for the Lake District National park, will look at the industries of the Lake District that have depended on the renewable power of water over the last 1,000 years.


Thursday 29th March, Thirlmere Community Hall - Power from the fells, the renewable power of water.


The series will conclude in April with a talk about the non-native species that are invading our freshwaters and how we can all help to reduce their spread by Bekka Corrie-Close, the Cumbria freshwater invasives Officer.


Wednesday 11th April, Keswick Museum. Managing invasive alien species in freshwaters.


This series of talks has been supported by Cumbria Community Foundation. Project Officer Caitlin Pearson said: “We are so pleased to be able to host these events and are looking forward to hearing about a wide range of topics from some fantastic speakers.”


If you would like more information, please get in touch with us at info@westcumbriariverstrust.org or find us on Facebook.


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