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

Pearls in Peril Project

Aberdeenshire, June 2017


River Avon Project

Salisbury, July 2017



Stroud River Frome Project

Gloucestershire, Autumn 2017 (TBC)


Healthy Rivers Project

South East Wales, Autumn 2017 (TBC)



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 you interest at rrc@therrc.co.uk

Previous Site Visits - 2016
Holnicote Estate   River Wandle


6th July 2016,             West Somerset   

RiverWiki: View    

Blog post - Photos 



25th August 2016,           London

RiverWiki: View


This project focused on the River Aller and Horner Water Catchments where natural flood management measures have been implemented to protect local communities.   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.
Allt Lorgy (Spey Catchment)   Cumbria River Restoration Strategy


16th September 2016,     Scottish Highlands  

RiverWiki: View    

Blog post

Photos - Paul Glendell


8th November 2016, Cumbria

RiverWiki: Swindale Beck

Blog post


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


Previous Site Visits - 2015
River Wye   River Taw (CRF Project)

10th September 2015

Builth Wells, Powys 

RiverWiki: Irfon SAC



14th July 2015

South Molton         Devon

RiverWiki: TRIP      


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


RiverWiki: Eddleston 



30th April 2015

South London



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
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.