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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/   

Prize at Lakeland Country Fair

August 21st, 2018 by Kath Smith

4th Prize at Torver We had a brilliant day at the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver last Sunday despite the rain showers. Our stand was busy all afternoon with minibeast seekers and clever crafters. We also talked about water quality, freshwater invertebrates as indicators of healthy water and how to reduce sediments & phosphates from entering our lovely becks. The day was nicely rounded off with 4th prize for our stand for community engagement!

Restoring rivers – reconnections

August 14th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Three watercourse re-connections have taken place  over the last few weeks in this summer’s in-river working period at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre and at Doll Moss. The work has formed part of Restoring Rivers and Buried Becks, de-culverting long hidden becks and linking them to new channels, creating improved in-river and riparian habitats. For more information visit https://ccc.scrt.co.uk/activities/conservation-activities/ New beck flowing at Thurston OEC

Year 1 Achievements

July 19th, 2018 by Kath Smith

We’ve just got to the end of the project’s first year so here is a roundup of what has been achieved so far and what’s coming up in the next few months. The conservation work, under the direction of Dr. Mike West, has the aim of restoring natural river processes and improving habitats for a wide range of species from freshwater invertebrates, salmon, sea trout and eels to bats, birds and otters. Fencing becks to keep livestock out, reducing sediment…