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Improving Salmon & Trout migration on Torver Beck

May 31st, 2018 by Kath Smith

Conserving Coniston & Crake and SCRT are looking to improve salmon & trout migration by removing a small, redundant weir on Torver Beck and now need help to determine ownership of both the weir and river bed. Currently the four main landowners adjacent to the weir have been consulted regarding ownership, including Sunny Bank Mill and the Lake District National Park Authority but none are claiming ownership of either the weir or the bed. Land registry searches have also failed…

Mayfly Mayhem!

May 9th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Another great opportunity to have some fabulous freshwater fun at Spark Bridge. Join us on Wednesday 30th May, 10.30am – 12noon, for a spot of dipping for mayfly nymphs and some fishy arts & crafts. Free activity ideal for families, just bring your wellies as all equipment is provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Easter Freshwater Fun

April 10th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Nearly thirty children and adults turned out on a glorious Thursday morning to spend time searching in the River Crake for freshwater minibeasts. The river was running a little fast due to the fact it had rained constantly the day before but we still found plenty of beasties to have a closer look at. Someone even managed to collect a little fish to much excitement. All the creatures were returned safely to the river. There was even time to do…

New homes along the Crake!

April 3rd, 2018 by Kath Smith

Mike & Kath have been putting up the nest boxes made by students from the John Ruskin School in a woodland area along the River Crake. Plenty of new homes for blue tits, coal tits, robins, wrens and hopefully spotted & pied flycatchers may take up residence too. Many thanks to John Cleaver and John Townsend for their support.     

Easter Fun – Freshwater Minibeasts 5th April

March 20th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Freshwater Minibeasts – Thursday 5th April 10.30am-12noon. Join us for some river dipping as we look for freshwater minibeasts living in the River Crake at Spark Bridge. Fishy art & crafts in Spark Bridge village hall. Especially suitable for families but you don’t need children to join in! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Wellies and waterproofs essential. (you may want to bring spare clothes/a towel just in case) All equipment provided. Meet at Spark Bridge Village Hall.…

Freshwater Fun

March 16th, 2018 by Kath Smith

A lovely morning of freshwater fun with Little Chatters, looking for minibeasts in the river Crake at Spark Bridge. We found, stonefly nymphs, mayfly nymphs, flatworms , snails, caseless caddis fly and a fish!

Brilliant Boxes

February 19th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Fantastic nestbox making skills were shown by all those who attended the drop-in workshop in Coniston at the weekend. The birds and the bats are going to be really happy with their new homes in the catchment.       

Nestbox Workshop Saturday 17th February

February 6th, 2018 by Kath Smith

Nestbox Workshop – February 17th, 2018 The Reading Room, Coniston Institute, Coniston Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 2.30pm Do your bit for wildlife in National Nestbox week. Come along and make a nestbox for the project & then make one for free to take home to help the birds in your garden. All materials and tools provided. Choose from a hole front box suitable for tits or open front box for robins and wrens. Bat boxes are more specialist…

World Wetlands Day Walk, 10am start on 2nd Feb

January 3rd, 2018 by Kath Smith

Friday 2nd February at 10am. Join us on this easy-moderate  4.5 mile morning walk to mark World Wetlands Day. Along the way we’ll see what makes this area special as we  pass over Torver beck, up towards Torver Reservoir, on to Kelly Hall Tarn and Long Moss, then back along Coniston shore. Wrap up warm, wear suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots or wellies (it will be muddy in places). Meet at: the layby on A5084, where the Cumbria Way crosses,…

2017 – A Year in Review

December 19th, 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.     First up was work at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre with the naturalising of a new water channel which had been…