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RAFTS release ‘Managing River Restoration’ library of guidance notes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland have published a series of guidance notes entitled ‘Managing River Restoration: Gearing Up For The Management of River Restoration’. 

These documents will help to equip organisations with the necessary tools for the governance and management of river restoration projects, particularly those that utilise public funds.  These guidance notes are intended to promote good practice in this field and outline the procedural requirements that organisations should have in place before embarking on a river restoration project.

Eden, Derwent and Kent win the 2016 UK River Prize

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent have won this year’s UK River Prize following an excellent demonstration of working in partnership to deliver improvements across three catchments, resulting in a healthier and better functioning river environment. After much deliberation the judges selected the overall winner of the 2016 UK River Prize as the combined Cumbria Rivers entry for the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent. The project partners were awarded the Nigel Holmes Trophy, named after a hugely influential and passionate river restoration and conservation advocate.

Freshwater Biological Association and Lakes Aquarium open new exhibit ‘Restoring Freshwater Mussel Rivers’

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) and the Lakes Aquarium are excited to announce the opening of a new ‘Restoring Freshwater Mussel Rivers’ exhibit at the Lakes Aquarium. Freshwater pearl mussels have been native to our rivers since the last Ice Age. This exhibit showcases the amazing work going on across Cumbria and England to safeguard our remaining populations.

Natural England: A narrative for conserving freshwater and wetland habitats in England

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This narrative provides an overview of circumstances relating to the conservation of freshwater and wetland habitats in England, considering their ecological function, the natural and anthropogenic factors affecting them, the principles that should be applied to their management, and the respective roles of the main policy mechanisms involved in their conservation. It covers all running and standing water habitats, of whatever size, and terrestrial wetland habitats including bogs, fens, swamp and wet woodland.

Segura River wins 2016 IRF European Riverprize

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Segura River of Spain has been named the winner of the 2016 European Riverprize. This year's finalists included the River Trent in the UK.

Mr Miguel-Angel Rodenas, President of the Segura River Basin Authority, accepted the award at a gala dinner held at Vienna City Hall on Thursday 3 March, recognising the river’s extraordinary return to health following extensive restoration efforts over the past thirty years.

To find out more, visit the International River Foundation website below.

An appraisal of the Defra Multi-Objective Flood Management Projects - Moors for the Future

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In December the Moors for the Future Partnership released an appraisal of the Defra Multi-Objective Flood Management Projects which included:

  • “From Source to Sea” - Holnicote, Somerset
  • “Making Space for Water”, Derbyshire
  • “Slowing the Flow at Pickering” – Yorkshire

To find out more click the link below.