RRC Members Site Visits

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) has a long history of running friendly and informative site visits to really good examples of restoration best practice and innovation.  Site visits are free to members. If space is available non-members are also welcome to attend at a small cost.

If you want to find out more about our site visits contact us.

 
Upcoming Site Visits - 2017
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Stroud River Frome Project

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Gloucestershire

Project Factsheet  - Fully booked!

All events will be subject to sufficient registrations. Exact dates, locations and prices will be released closer to the time. If you are interested please email us your interest at rrc@therrc.co.uk

 
Previous Site Visits - 2017
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Healthy Rivers Project River Avon Project

19th September 2017

Rivers around Caerphilly including the Rhymney River, South East Wales

RiverWiki: View

Photos - Blog - Flyer - Video

27th June 2017

River Wylye & River Nadder, Salisbury 

RiverWiki: Wylye

Photos - Blog - Flyer - Videos

The Healthy Rivers Project aims to improve habitats to support native fish populations. The work carried out includes weir notching, baffle installation and flow variability structures, to provide habitats and fish passage, for improved biodiversity. The visit included a number of sites, looking at fish enhancement through a culvert, and flow variation structures.

The River Avon Restoration Project was set up to restore the River Avon Special Area of Conservation to a naturally functioning river system to meet the government's obligations under the Water Framework and Habitats Directive. The visit included two sites - channel realignment on the River Wylye, and woody debris installation on the River Nadder.

Pearls in Peril Project  

13th June 2017

Braemar, River Dee, Aberdeenshire

RiverWiki: View

Flyer

   
Pearls in Peril (PiP) is a large and complex LIFE+ Nature project with 22 partners working together throughout Great Britain to restore river habitats for freshwater pearl mussels and their host salmonids.  
 
Previous Site Visits - 2016
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Cumbria River Restoration Strategy Allt Lorgy (Spey Catchment)

8th November 2016,

Cumbria

RiverWiki: Swindale Beck

Blog post

Photos

 

16th September 2016,

 Scottish Highlands  

RiverWiki: View    

Blog post

Photos - Paul Glendell

This visit included two locations - multiple interventions along Swindale Beck including naturalisation and river diversion; and embankment removal along the River Kent in Staveley.   This project looked to reinstate natural processes on a river which was previously impacted by high banks which allowed little lateral migration and diversity. 
     
River Wandle   Holnicote Estate

25th August 2016,

London

RiverWiki: View

Photos 

 

6th July 2016,            

West Somerset   

RiverWiki: View    

Blog post - Photos 

Presentation

This visit was to the Carshalton arm of the River Wandle which has in the past been overwide, impounded and contaminated. It is now in much better condition thanks to this project.   This project focused on the River Aller and Horner Water Catchments where natural flood management measures have been implemented to protect local communities.
     
Previous Site Visits - 2015
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River Wye River Taw (CRF Project)

10th September 2015

Builth Wells, Powys 

RiverWiki: Irfon SAC

Photos    

 

14th July 2015

South Molton, Devon

RiverWiki: TRIP      

Photos

This site visit focused on the River Irfon, a SSSI and SAC protected tributary of the Wye. A number of issues were addressed including siltation, pollution, poaching, lack of in-stream diversity, over-shading and invasive species.   This visit was hosted by the Westcountry Rivers Trust who have been working to improve fish passage within the River Taw catchment over the last six years.
     
Eddleston Water (UK River Prize winner)   Hogsmill and River Wandle (CRF project)

24th June 2015

Peeblesshire

RiverWiki: Eddleston 

Photos

 

30th April 2015

South London

RiverWiki: HogsmillWandle  

Photos

The Eddleston Water project took a catchment based approach to improve water quality, fisheries, biodiversity and recreation. Eddleston Water is part of the Tweed catchment that won the 2015 UK RIver Prize.   The River Wandle project improved river connectivity, reduced the impact of road run-off, enhanced habitat and channel diversity, and worked to engage the local community. The Hogsmill River Connectivity project addressed fish passage and river connectivity at 14 obstructions.
 
Guided site visits
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The RRC can offer guided tours to a number of restoration sites, either as part of your membership package, or at an additional cost. During these the Centre staff will explain the techniques used on site and demonstrate lessons that can be learnt.
  • River Cole, Coleshill, near Swindon.  1995 river restoration project and the associated development of this rural site thereafter.
  • River Brent, Tokyngton Park, Wembley.  2002 restoration project in a London urban park setting.
  • River Skerne, Haughton-le-Skerne, Darlington.  1995 river restoration project and the associated development of this semi urban site.
  • River Quaggy, Chinbrook Meadows (2002)/ Sutcliffe Park (2004), Lewisham.  Restoration of a tributary of the Ravensbourne through two London parks.
If you are interested in attending a site visit to a particular type of catchment or restoration site please contact us.
 
This visit was to the Carshalton arm of the River Wandle which has in the past been overwide, impounded and contaminated. It is now in much better condition thanks to this project.