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Walking with the LDNPA Volunteers

April 10th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Last Sunday Kath joined up with the Lake District National Park on one of their volunteer led guided walks. The walk started from Torver schoolroom and headed onto Torver common, taking in Torver Tarn and Beacon Tarn. Lindsay Harrison was an excellent guide, pointing out the history behind archaeological features and the more modern slip trenches. Kath also talked a little about the project aims, the de-culverting work at Water Park and the beck naturalisation at Thurston. On the return…

Creating fish refuge sites

March 23rd, 2018 by Kath Smith

Project Officer Mike continuing work along the River Crake, ably assisted by SCRT’s newest team member Matt,allowed out on his third day! Large Woody Debris (LWD) or engineered woody structures (EWS) are used to create fish refuge sites.  Selected trees are felled at the bank-side and anchored closely into the side with steel cable. This mimics natural processes but in a controlled way. These are particularly beneficial on straight sections of river adding shade and briefly changing flow. They are also good…

Great skills on show!

February 19th, 2018 by Kath Smith

The nest box workshop held in Coniston as part of National Nestbox Week was well attended with fantastic box making skills on show. A variety of boxes were made; those with a hole in the front were for blue tits, great tits and tree sparrows. Open fronted ones were made for robins, wrens and spotted flycatchers. Special boxes for bats were made too. It was great to see so many joining in the making and others for showing an interest…

Brilliant Nestboxes!

February 16th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Year 9 students from John Ruskin school spent a morning learning about the project, in particular the work to improve biodiversity and habitats for birds and bats. The students, who are working on the their John Muir awards, found out for themselves how hard it is to make a nest out of natural materials – just using a beak or in their case tweezers! The session was rounded off with the making of 10 nest boxes for birds that will be…

World Wetlands Day Walk 2nd February

February 6th, 2018 by Kath Smith

What a way to mark World Wetlands Day! The sun was shining as 10 merry walkers joined Kath on this short walk to discover a little more about the importance of wetlands.  Starting south of Torver the walk went up to Torver tarn, along paths that cross priority habitats of Upland Flushes, Fens and Swamps, dominated by sedge, rush, and moss. From Beckstones we walked passed the beautiful Kelly Hall Tarn and Long Moss, giving far reaching views across Coniston…

2017 – A Year in Review

December 20th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Well what a year it turned out to be for the HLF Conserving Coniston & Crake project. News came in June that the Heritage Lottery Fund bid had been successful so then it was full steam ahead. The Project Officer and the Communities & Engagement Officer were appointed and work began on delivering the conservation and community projects.    One of the first conservation projects to get under way was at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre with the naturalising of a…

Tree Planting at Thurston

December 19th, 2017 by Kath Smith

The latest practical conservation volunteer work party took place at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre on Monday 18th December. Eight volunteers joined staff from the centre as we planted 120 trees along the banks of their new beck. The beck had been created as part of the hydro works that Thurston had installed last year. The project helped to naturalise  the new channel, adding slights bends, improving the beck bed and reseeding the banks. The channel was also fenced off with…

Practical Conservation Work Party at Torver

December 4th, 2017 by Kath Smith

After weeks of preparation, site visits, paperwork and tea drinking the project’s first official practical conservation volunteer work party day was upon us. The van was packed, lists were ticked and cake made – it was time to go. The sun was shining in Torver but there was a chilly breeze blowing and we were grateful to Les & Molly for letting us give the health & safety briefing in the warmth of their kitchen, fortified by tea & coffee. …

Practical Conservation Work Party

November 16th, 2017 by Kath Smith

We’re having a practical conservation work party on Wednesday 29th November 2017. The main task will be coppicing along the edges of Upper Torver Beck. Meet at 10 am at Park Ground, Torver, please car share if you can as parking is limited. Make sure you wear suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots or wellies and bring your lunch and a drink if you’re planning to stay all day. The aim is to finish no later than 3 pm. Please do…

CCCP Core Group back in action

November 9th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Whilst the Conserving Coniston & Crake project was in its development phase the Core Group of the CCCP took a step back, letting a temporary steering group lead on the project. Now that the HLF funded Conserving Coniston & Crake project is up and running the Core Group has reconvened. The first meeting (for some time) took place at the end of October and was really well attended by volunteers, supporters and representatives of key partners and local agencies. They…