This summer we were lucky enough to have 2 interns join us from Grenoble Institute of Technology, for 2 months. Thomas and Manon came over from France to help develop 2 applications to aid in river restoration monitoring and recording. Manon worked on transferring the River Habitat Survey (RHS) App from Android to iOS, and Thomas worked to develop a Fixed Point Photography (FPP) App.
Yesterday Jackie and I travelled down to Hampshire for a site visit at the Tichborne Restoration Project, near Alresford, near Winchester. The group of 20 delegates gathered at the Tichborne Arms in the small village of Tichborne, sheltering from the heavy rain by crowding under trees! The rain did not stop throughout the whole visit, and the advised wellies proved essential.
Here are a list of recently published papers to update you on new studies and developments in river restoration and catchment management. If you have a paper that you feel should be included in a future list, let us know. Please be aware that you or your organisation will require a subscription to view some of these papers.
Last week RRC held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Devon Clinton Estates, between East Budleigh and Yettington. This coincided with the second RRC Members Site Visit of the year, to the River Otter Beaver Trial in Devon. Following the RRC AGM in the morning, the RRC team, along with our extended Board of Directors and a small group of RRC Members, ventured to a couple of sites on the search for local beaver activity.
Last week the RRC team joined Diana Hammond and Jane Everett from Affinity Water, and Judy England from Environment Agency, for a site visit around Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Not too far from our office, the trip involved going along to see the Highly Commended Manor Park Road improvements on the River Lea in Luton.
Nicola Mackley, RRC
Guest blog - Matthew Davison, Carcinus
Membership of the River Restoration Centre
Last month I attended the River Trust Autumn Conference in Bristol, right on the River Avon. The conference took place at a waterside café, most appropriate to the topic of the day. Over 150 delegates attended from trusts, statutory agencies, academia, and consultancies, providing a variety of perspectives. The theme centred around the Challenges of the 25 Year Plan, with a keynote speaker followed by 4 sessions looking at various aspects of river management.
"I found the "Hydromorphology for river restoration" training extremely valuable and was packed full of useful information to help in delivering restoration schemes in the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment.
It has given me confidence in identifying the pressures and impacts of natural processes on a river, and how these can be addressed in a well-designed restoration scheme.
I look forward to playing "River Detective" in the field, and I am now confident in the data that needs to be collected and assessed before scheme implementation."