RRC Courses and Workshops

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) has a long history of facilitating and hosting a range of different training courses and thematic workshops for restoration practitioners, river basin planners, policy makers and interested groups. These are aimed at increasing the skills of attendees and their value lies in the opportunity to learn not only from the experienced facilitators but also from interacting with others from different backgrounds in a learning-focused environment.
The training courses follow the format of a one day event with presentations and interactive sessions where participants will be expected to work through technical examples and, where feasible, a site visit to consolidate learning. The training courses are open to anyone who has an interest in the topics including: NGOs, trusts, statutory agency project managers, consultants, contractors, and early-stage researchers interested in linking science to practitioners’ needs. Training courses are developed to meet current needs and also take into account the backgrounds of the participants.
Upcoming Training Courses
Introduction to Hydromorphology

Date: Wednesday 13th September 2017

Location: Yate Town Council Offices,
South Gloucestershire, BS37 5PP


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This practical one-day overview course introduces participants to the basics of hydromorphology, with specific reference to river restoration. The course covers fundamental aspects of geomorphology, hydrology and ecology and includes fieldwork. It is open to all practitioners with an interest in hydromorpholgoy and river restoration, and does not require significant prior knowledge of these topics.

River Habitat Survey Certification course

Date: 13th -16th March 2018

Location: Cardiff University Hall

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There is an opportunity for consultants and charities to join a RHS certification course that the River Restoration Centre is organising as a special event from March 13th to March 16th 2018 in Cardiff.

The RHS Certification courses from now on will be run and hosted by the River Restoration Centre.

Planned Training Courses
Project Evaluation: Tools & Techniques

Date: October 2017

Location: Birmingham area

This one-day course will involve a combination of presentations, interactive sessions and fieldwork. The sessions will explain how to set a clear and achievable monitoring plan based on well-defined project objectives, the range of methods available and, importantly, how to turn monitoring results into a meaningful evaluation of success.

Weir Removal

Date: 2018

Location: Manchester area

This one-day training course will cover technical aspects of weir removal projects, from initial decision-making through practical methods for removal and other mitigation options. The course will require some basic understanding of hydromorphology or engineering. It will include fieldwork on nearby case study examples.

Email us if you are interested in any of the courses listed, and we will keep you up to date with information!


Additional proposed training courses - Let us know if you are interested
Natural Flood Management
Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques are increasingly used to manage flood risk by restoring floodplain processes and increasing storage. To better target and prioritise NFM actions, it is essential to quickly identify historical floodplains as well as potential areas for reconnection. At present, only a fraction of the river network floodplains has been delineated using modelling. The following training courses, which complement each other, will feature simple methods based on aerial photo interpretation, GIS, and geomorphology to delineate historical floodplain boundaries, identify surface runoff pathways and map potential areas of flood retention. The maps generated can be used to identify and prioritise sites for floodplain restoration and flood storage.
Mapping Historical Floodplains using the Hydrogeomorphological Survey
In this one day course, we will introduce you to the Hydrogeomorphological cartographic method (HGM). Using HGM, you will be able to quickly map historical floodplain extent and identify potential areas for floodplain reconnection. It has been applied to more than 20,000km of river around the world. It is quick and easy to implement and can be applied to areas not covered by hydrological modelling. The course will include GIS and aerial photo analysis as well as field work on a real case study. You do not require any prior knowledge in GIS or geomorphology.
Mapping Surface Runoff and Flood Storage Opportunities for NFM
This one day course will show you how to process LiDAR data using free GIS software to produce a map of surface runoff pathways and potential areas of flow accumulation and storage. You will work on a real case study and develop options for flood retention using natural pathways and flood retention structures. The course will involve lab work and a field visit to the case study site. No prior knowledge of GIS of hydrological modelling is required. 

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Development of this course will be subject to sufficient interest. Please email us to register your interest at rrc@therrc.co.uk

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Previous Training Courses
Introduction to Hydromorphology for River Restoration and NFM River Management: Australian Perspectives Evening Seminar

22nd February 2017,

Wilmslow, Greater Manchester

Flyer - Blog - Photos

Supported by:

15th June 2016,

Jacobs Winnersh office, Berkshire

Flyer & programme

Blog - Presentation

River restoration project delivery:
How to assess, plan and deliver projects
Exploring capacity building for catchment partnerships learning workshops: Strengthening Partnership Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
Supported by:

23rd May 2016,

River Darent, Sundridge, Kent

Flyer & programme

Presentations & handouts

Blog - Photos

Programmes -

20th January 2016, Sheffield

2nd February 2016, Bristol

4th February 2016, London


Summary of outputs

Objective setting case study

Short monitoring & objective setting guide

Monitoring planner

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The RRC also supports and helps to facilitate external workshops run by other organisations. From promoting to presenting and organising we can help make workshops a success.

As well as stand-alone workshops we also hold a range of workshop sessions at our Annual Network Conference. You can find out more about these workshops when the information becomes available on our Conference Page.

If you would like us to help with your workshop, please contact us.