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A busy few weeks!

November 2nd, 2018 by Kath Smith

You know what they say – Time flies when you’re having fun and that’s certainly been true of October. The Clean Gravels conservation activity has been a great learning experience for the team as well as for our volunteers who got stuck into trying out the new ideas and equipment. They also contributed plenty in terms of suggestions for improving techniques, as well as having fun at pretending to be firemen! In addition to the trial, we carried out two sessions…

Lowick Show and more….

September 14th, 2018 by Kath Smith

The final country show in the calendar for the team was the Lowick Show 1st September. It’s an early start so Mike and I set up the gazebo the afternoon before so all we had to do on the Saturday morning was to catch some freshwater minibeasts and set out the displays. So we were good to go just after 8.30am when the show officially started.    It began a little quietly but soon we became a little busier talking…

Family Activity Day with the National Trust at Hoathwaite

August 13th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Some time was spent planning what activities we were going to do, checking regularly with the National Trust to see what they had planned so we didn’t double up and eventually came up with a plan. Posters were made and distributed and updates placed on social media and websites. It was going to be a grand day, full of fun and learning. As the day drew nearer we practised  our art and craft activities. Amy, our brilliant volunteer, painstakingly put…

Lake District National Park Walk – Monk Coniston and Tarn Hows

July 27th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Once again I, along with Amy our university student volunteer,  joined a volunteer led LDNPA guided walk around Coniston. This time the walk was led by John and Martin, the route starting from Coniston TIC, heading through Yewdale, up past Tom Gill to Tarn Hows and back via the Monk Coniston estate. 12 people attended the walk and the weather was a mix of sunshine and showers. The prolonged dry spell was really obvious as we passed almost empty becks…

Coniston Country Fair

July 27th, 2018 by Kath Smith

After a fair bit of planning and preparation, helped by Amy our University student volunteer, Mike & I arrived bright and early to set up our stand for the Coniston Country Fair on 22nd July. It was a warm, sunny day and the show site was buzzing. Our stand was near the show ring so we had a view of what was on show. That said we were busy all day and didn’t have time to do much watching!   …

John Ruskin HS Freshwater Activity Day

July 12th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Year 7 students from John Ruskin High School spent Monday 9th July learning about freshwater invertebrates and sampling two becks that flow into Coniston Water. Prior to the day I spent time creating a PowerPoint presentation for the first session of the day as well as planning the day out with the lead teacher Mrs Mallett, looking at risk assessments and organising volunteers to help. I also designed a worksheet for the students to use on the day. Amy, who’s…

Slate Shards and the River Crake

June 25th, 2018 by Kath Smith

One of the conservation activities of the project concerns slate shards in the River Crake. In the 1700s and 1800s  a variety of materials were transported from Coniston to Greenodd via Coniston Water and the Crake. As well as copper, charcoal and iron, one of the commodities was slate. It was unloaded at the southern end of the lake, before being moved to Greenodd by road. There were several unloading points including a quayside approximately 50m south of Allen Tarn,…

Yew Beauty! – A LDNPA Volunteer Led Guided Walk

June 13th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Once again I joined volunteers from the Lake District National Park Authority, this time Jean and Stephanie, on a guided walk through Yewdale Woods. It was a warm, sunny day and we were joined by 6 adults on this short, circular walk from Coniston. Jean, Stephanie & I shared our knowledge and interests with the group and each other as we passed trees, stonewalls, becks that just about had water running in them and a lime kiln. The normally flowing…

Mayfly Mayhem!

May 31st, 2018 by Kath Smith

We paid another visit to Spark Bridge and the River Crake during half term. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny and due to the recent good spell, the river wasn’t running fast or high. There was a good turnout, some of whom had joined us before so it was nice to see familiar faces. Four brilliant volunteers helped with dipping and identification and throughout the morning we found lots of lovely minibeasts including stoneflies and mayflies which tell us…

Save our Soil

May 14th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Soil is currently being destroyed 10 times faster than it is being created. This is not only putting the farming sector at risk and costing England & Wales £1.2 billion a year, but it is also negatively affecting the health of our rivers.  A new report by WWF, The Rivers Trust and The Angling Trust shows that spending approximately £10 million a year on soil protection measures would ensure a future for agriculture and reverse the decline of our rivers. This…