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October 20th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Best wishes and a big THANK YOU to Charlotte who is moving to pastures new in southern England to work in the education sector and to be closer to family. Charlotte was instrumental in developing the HLF bid and establishing the project and will be much missed. Dr Mike West has been appointed as the new Project Officer for Conserving Coniston & Crake. Mike first joined the SCRT team in April 2015 as the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Project Officer so…

Brilliant Bats

September 6th, 2017 by Kath Smith

Over twenty people joined the Conserving Coniston & Crake Bat Walk on Friday 1st September. Led by the very informative John Martin, local ecologist and bat enthusiast, the group saw a variety of bats. Pipistrelles, both common and soprano, were spotted emerging from their roosts at the Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre and gave us the chance to get to grips with a bat detector. Daubenton’s bats put on a good show over a moonlit Coniston lake. Many thanks to…

Come along to our Family Activity Day!

August 7th, 2017 by Charlotte

Conserving Coniston & Crake, together with the National Trust, are holding a day of fun activities for all the family on the shores of Coniston Water on Tuesday 15th August…

Conserving Coniston & Crake awarded National Lottery support!

June 19th, 2017 by Charlotte

Conserving Coniston & Crake – Healthy water for wildlife and communities We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £763,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Conserving Coniston & Crake. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will improve the catchment’s water quality, habitats and biodiversity through conservation and community engagement. Coniston Water and the Crake Valley is enjoyed by many: its spectacular landscape is a mosaic of different habitats, and home…

The application is in…!

December 13th, 2016 by Charlotte

Over the course of 2016, our plans for Conserving Coniston & Crake have been reviewed and developed, culminating in the submission of a second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in early November. Development work has included a programme of monitoring and surveying around the catchment, looking at water quality, habitat and fish numbers. The feasibility of a number of proposed activities has been assessed. Our audience development consultants, Wingspan Consulting, have been busy researching who might want to…

Last show of the summer!

September 1st, 2016 by Charlotte

Conserving Coniston & Crake will be making their final appearance of the summer at Lowick Annual Show, this Saturday, the 3rd September. As with our previous appearances at the Lakeland and Coniston Country Fairs, we will have some tiny monsters of the Crake to look at – if you’re brave enough! – along with some other games and lots of information about the project. Please come and say hello if you’re at the show, it would be great to talk…

We’re off to the Lakeland Country Fair!

August 16th, 2016 by Charlotte

Come and say hello to us at the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver on Sunday 21st August. We would welcome visitors to our stall, where you can find out more about the project, have a look at some mini beasties from the local beck, and test your phosphate knowledge with our detergents game! And of course while you’re there you can enjoy the rest of what the show has to offer – see their website for more details…

Coniston Country Fair

July 10th, 2016 by Charlotte

Conserving Coniston & Crake will be at the Coniston Country Fair on Sunday 24th July. Come along to say hello and find out more about the project, and see what lies beneath the surface of our freshwaters!

Nurture Lakeland support for Conserving Coniston & Crake

July 10th, 2016 by Charlotte

The Coniston & Crake Catchment Partnership is pleased to announce that it has received support from Nurture Lakeland for Conserving Coniston & Crake, through their small grants fund. This support from Nurture Lakeland is invaluable, as it both contributes towards the development of the project, and also reinforces the need for Conserving Coniston & Crake and what it aims to achieve. Nurture Lakeland said that they “were delighted to be able to support the work of the Coniston and Crake Partnership…

Wild Trout Trust surveys

July 1st, 2016 by Charlotte

Over the last couple of months, Conserving Coniston & Crake have been lucky enough to have the help of the Wild Trout Trust to carry out walkover surveys on a number of becks in the catchment. Walkover surveys are an important way to assess and understand the ecological condition of rivers, becks and gills. By walking down from the source, making notes about habitat (trees, plants, gravels), surrounding land use and potential issues which may be impacting upon the waterbody…