|As part of a series of events held by the Environment Agency, I was lucky enough to go along to a Site Visit on the Thames catchment, around Reading and Newbury last week. Around 40 interested delegates from a range of organisations attended including consultancies, government agencies, local authorities, academia, and trusts. Attendees were interested in a range of themes surrounding the projects, including flooding, understanding Catchment Partnerships, and lessons learnt through the restoration projects.|
|Earlier this week, RRC held a site visit to the winner of the 2017 UK River Prize - the River Avon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. The visit took place in Salisbury, with participants observing restoration techniques at two sites.|
|River Wylye, Norton Bavant|
As part of our Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funded Community Engagement Programme, the RRC ran a River Restoration Project Delivery training course on the River Ogwen, North Wales, this Tuesday (23rd May 2017). The course was freely available to NGOs, community groups and volunteers with the aim of providing these organisations with training they would otherwise not have the funding to attend.
|Last month, the RRC 18th Annual Conference took place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel. With 321 delegates in attendance over the two days, this was the biggest conference so far. Presenters representing academia, consultancy and engineering came together to deliver their projects and experiences.|
Earlier this week we held a training course in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, for the Rivers Agency local area staff, entitled Introduction to Hydromorphology for River Management. 29 participants from engineering and design backgrounds attended the training event which aimed to identify the main hydromorphological features and processes of rivers.
On Wednesday of last week we ran the first RRC training course of 2017 – Introduction to hydromorphology for river restoration and NFM – in Wilmslow on the River Bollin. We were really pleased with the turnout – 33 attendees and four facilitators which made for plenty of interesting discussions and perspectives (though in a somewhat cosy space during the morning).
On 4th February 2017, Marc Naura and I ran a free river restoration training course for community members, volunteers and Catchment Partnership members on the Forkhill River in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
On Tuesday two RRC staff members attended a Walkover Survey training event hosted by the Bedford Rural Communities Charity. A speaker from the Essex Wildlife Trust gave a presentation about River Wardens and encouraging volunteers to monitor and record changes in river environments. Currently, Essex Wildlife Trust has 150 volunteer River Wardens across 14 catchments covering 30% of Essex rivers. The commitment of these local residents and other interested volunteers has led to increased awareness in environmental health across the county.