Advisory support on project bids

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RRC can provide advice, guidance and suggestions on project bids. We are happy to help out on a variety of things. Feel free to include us on a bid to help out with:

  • Advice over the phone
  • Sitting in on project meetings
  • Advice on methods for works
  • Suggestions on project design drawings
  • Help on the ground through advisory site visits
  • Feasibility reports

Helping with bids

RRC does not compete for tenders as we are a membership organisation. We are happy to appear jointly on multiple bids with the consultants who are our members, and actively support as a partner. We are happy to discuss with consultants on the bid, if they would like any river restoration advice. We are also happy to help if you have won a tender and want to discuss next steps and other recommendations.

Supporting Research projects and PhDs

We recently helped develop a CENTA PhD studentship, with the PhD student starting in October 2022. The PhD is being hosted by Loughborough University, where Prof. Paul Wood will be the primary supervisor. RRC will act as a “CASE” partner, supporting the project financially and providing input on the research scope. RRC designed the project, looking at multiple invertebrate biomonitoring indices to develop a tool identifying key pressures at a given location.

RRC is also helping a postdoc working at Umeå University on hydromorphological responses to Stage Zero restoration. He started his research in July 2022 so the project is in its infancy. RRC are in contact with the postdoc and have sat in meetings with them alongside a project delivery team for the Holnicote Stage Zero project.

A postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham studying the 'River Environments and their Management' MSc course is working on some macroinvertebrate data which our Science & Technical Officer James White previously published here. They are exploring biomonitoring indices and individual taxa responses to flow regimes and alterations. They will use the ecological, habitat and flow information to guide potential management options (e.g. e-flows, restoration).

Another Masters student studying the same course at the University of Birmingham is studying the impact beavers have on habitat and vegetation, and how that might influence stream temperatures. RRC's involvement included email exchanges, providing examples of zoogeomorphological restoration projects (e.g. beaver and rewilding projects).

Two of our Science & Technical Officers, Hannah Joyce & James White also helped deliver the ‘Good Ecological Status’ module within the ‘Advanced Water Management’ Masters course at Cranfield University with Dr Bob Grabowski. RRC teaching included invertebrate biomonitoring indices and statistical analyses, as well as river restoration monitoring.

Organisations we have worked with

  • University of Birmingham
  • Cranfield University
  • Loughborough University
Contact us or email us for a chat about how we can help your specific project bid.