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2018 – A Year in Review

December 19th, 2018 by Kath Smith

2018 started with our best feet forward on a walk in early February to celebrate World Wetlands Day, as there are some of these important but diminishing habitats within the catchment. This was followed up with the building of over twenty new homes for birds and bats at a community drop-in workshop and with students from John Ruskin High School. In the mean time work was also underway to open up some buried becks with de-culverting work and fencing was…

Willows a plenty!

December 13th, 2018 by Kath Smith

In December around 360 willow whips/rods were planted along the River Crake at Penny Bridge over two sessions, firstly with volunteers and then with 18 Year 6 children from Penny Bridge Academy.   The rods were cut from two existing willow trees, snipped into 40-50cm lengths and pushed into the ground. The trees will help to stabilise the river banks, add shade to cool the water in summer and provide additional habitats for birds and invertebrates. Nest boxes, made by…

Redd Spotting

November 26th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Two redd spotting training sessions have taken place recently to help us map where salmon and trout spawning sites are. Wearing cool sunglasses in November volunteers eventually began to “get their eye in” in learning how to spot a redd – the spawning scrape made by salmon and trout. This survey work will help direct future some conservation work. Learn more about the volunteer sessions https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/redds-in-the-beds/   

Pie, Peas and Presentations!

November 22nd, 2018 by Kath Smith

The recent Coniston and Crake Catchment Partnership Review Night was a great success. Supporters and volunteers heard about the work of the Conserving Coniston & Crake project from Mike and Kath, including 8556 metres of fencing already installed/agreed, 480 metres of watercourses de-culverted, tree planting, activities with 200 students and teachers from John Ruskin HS & Penny Bridge Academy, volunteers contributing 180 days of work and  of 10 events involving over 320 adults and children. Three volunteers also gave brilliant…

Last events of the Year!

November 20th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Join us for our last events of the year! Wanted: Redd Spotters! Saturday 24th November 10am – 1pm Learn the art of how to spot redds, the spawning scrapes created by salmon and trout. We’ll give hints and tips to help you identify and record them so we can target future conservation work to help these declining species. Indoor introduction at Water Yeat Village Hall before heading to the River Crake at Bouthrey Bridge. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear essential.…

October Blog

November 2nd, 2018 by Kath Smith

Read what the team has been up to in October from cleaning gravels and assessing sites across the catchment for improvement works to making bird box kits and PowerPoint presentations https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/blog/a-busy-few-weeks/

Clean Gravels

October 26th, 2018 by Kath Smith

The project recently hosted  two demonstration and training session to get the Clean Gravels conservation activity underway on some of the catchment’s becks. The aim is to clean the gravels of spawning sites of salmon, de-silting them to allow a better flow of oxygen through to eggs and fry. The first sessions were very much “see how it goes” and reassuringly worked well, leaving some short sections of becks in an improved state. To read how it was done  https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/clean-gravels-2019/ More…

Exciting Events coming up!

October 12th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Conserving Coniston and Crake project team have been working hard; thinking and organising exciting training and volunteer opportunities for you to come and get involved in. There are two gravel cleaning training sessions in October, so you can learn about their importance, especially when it comes to salmonid spawning! We have been out testing the equipment ready for you…Why not give it a go? In November, you will have the opportunity to count redds, the spawning scrapes created by salmonids, in…

Batty about Bats

September 14th, 2018 by Kath Smith

The Bat Walk was a great success – there were people, the weather was just right and we saw plenty of bats! Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre have them roosting in their buildings and grounds and using special bat detectors we could hear their conversations and echo-location as a series of clicks. Rich Flight from South Cumbria Bat Group shared his knowledge with us and we finished with seeing bats swooping low over Coniston Water. For more on this story https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/going-batty/

Restoring Reedbeds

September 10th, 2018 by Kath Smith

First reedbed restoration work in Coniston Water The end of August saw the first phase of reedbed restoration work get underway along the shores of Coniston Water. It was a real team effort involving help from the RSPB at Leighton Moss, Chris from Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre, SCRT staff, trainee Rangers from the National Trust and some brilliant volunteers, who worked hard to plant and protect the new reeds. For more details check out https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/restoring-reedbeds/