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.
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.
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.
This month the Government is setting out a proposed new legislation to remove obstructions or build fish passes to provide a route around barriers such as weirs. Read more by clicking the link below.
The presentations from the 2016 European River Symposium have now been posted online. Held on the 2nd and 3rd of March, the Symposium included the European River Prize which was won by the Segura River (Spain). Presentations from each of the finalists can also be found in the outputs.
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.
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.
The Peak District and Lowland Derbyshire non-native species initiative is a collaboration of fishing clubs, nature conservation groups and landowners who are taking action on non-native invasive species. They have produced a helpful leaflet on the control of Himalayan Balsam. The leaflet can be accessed with the link below.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency have recently published a new handbook to help local authorities and landowners implement natural flood management measures.