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.
 
 
Planned Training Courses - 2017
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Project Evaluation: Tools & Techniques

Date: July 2017

Location: Birmingham area

This one-day course will involve a combination of presentations, interactive sessions and field work. 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.
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Introduction to Hydromorphology

Date: September 2017

Location: Bristol area

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 field work. It is open to all practitioners with an interest in hydromorphology and river restoration, and does not require significant prior knowledge of these topics.
 
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Weir Removal

Date: October 2017

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 field work on nearby case study examples.
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Additional proposed training courses - Please let us know if you are interested
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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.
 
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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. 
 

More information to come - watch this space! 

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 - 2017
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Introduction to Hydromorphology for River Restoration and NFM

Date:  Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Location: Wilmslow, Greater Manchester

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Previous Training Courses - 2016
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River Management: Australian Perspectives Evening Seminar

Date: 15th June 2016

Location: Jacobs Winnersh office, Berkshire

Outputs:

  • Flyer & programme - View
  • Blog - View
  • Presentation - View

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River restoration project delivery: How to assess, plan and deliver projects

Date: 23rd May 2016

Location: River Darent, Sundridge, Kent

Outputs:

  • Flyer & programme - View
  • Blog - View
  • Presentations and handouts - View
  • Photos - View

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Exploring capacity building for catchment partnerships learning workshops: Strengthening Partnership Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

Sheffield: 20th January 2016 

Bristol: 2nd February 2016

London: 4th February 2016

Outputs:

  • Summary of outputs - View
  • Objective setting case study - View
  • Blog - View
  • Photos - View

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Handouts:

 
 
Workshops
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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 then you can contact us.