SOUTH WEST LAKES TRUST (SWLT)
Burrator Geomorphology Survey, Dartmoor
September 2021 – November 2021
SWLT are working on a Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP) investigation to assess whether the South West Water (SWW) landholding around Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor is reaching its NERC S41 habitats and species potential. Rivers are a NERC habitat (depending on qualification criteria). A consultant is currently employed to undertake a biodiversity assessment of the rivers, streams and wetland habitats across the project area to provide a baseline condition of their ecology and help assess whether the rivers qualify as a NERC habitat.
However, we are looking for an experienced geomorphologist who can undertake a simple geomorphology assessment of these rivers, streams and valley systems to complement this biodiversity study and who can identify and prioritise any interventions/ river restoration opportunities across the Catchment. These interventions can be at different levels (small scale – full scale) but need to be linked to habitat enhancement (ie holding water higher in the Catchment/ climate resilience, etc).
The main rivers and streams within the project area equate to approx. 29km in total. All the river systems in the Catchment have been modified by humans over time through tin mining, peat cutting and farming, etc and no natural river systems exist. We are therefore keen to understand through this geomorphology assessment: to what extent these upland river and valley habitats have been modified from their natural state, if these modifications are having any impact on the river ecology, habitats and hydrology within the Catchment and what interventions can be proposed to enhance priority habitats and improve the eco-hydrological functioning of the Catchment.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Deborah Deveney at DDeveney@swlakestrust.org.uk. Deborah will respond to your email with further information about the project at the beginning of the week commencing 16th August.
In the meantime, more information can be found here: Download.
The deadline for applications is 6th September.