Hello everyone! :)
Living in the UK is so great! Last week I got on a plane at Luton and barely an hour later was on a smaller, greener island with super friendly (not to mention lovely-sounding) people and delicious soda bread for me to try. That’s a bit of a novelty for an Antipodean like me!
The RRC team is busy developing the programme of technical training courses that we will deliver in the next 12 months, with some exciting options shaping up. Thanks to all those who have already completed our survey. There’s still a little bit of time to complete the survey if you’d like to influence our decisions on which courses to run. Click here if you’d like to participate – or just read about the options.
Earlier this month I had to pleasure of taking the Caledonian Sleeper up to Scotland for our third Members Site Visit of the year. We were visiting the Allt Lorgy which is a tributary of the River Dulnain in the Spey Catchment.
I’m coming to the end of my time here at RRC. It has been a great few weeks over which I have learnt a lot about river restoration. This blog will explain a bit about what I have been up to and some of the things I have learnt and particularly enjoyed.
On the first Wednesday of July we ran the first of four RRC Members Site Visits for 2016, to explore the Defra Multi-Objective Flood Management Demonstration Project: "From Source to Sea: the Holnicote Experience". This project was announced in April as one of four 2016 UK River Prize finalists.
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Rivers Trust’s Spring Conference in the Wye Valley. Around 100 people from Rivers Trusts, Agencies and local angling groups visited Hay-on-Wye to celebrate 21 years of the Wye and Usk Foundation.
Last Wednesday evening was a bit of a treat for me. I was lucky enough to present alongside the Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre to an audience of RRC members, and lead a discussion of Australian perspectives on river management.
There has been a recent addition to our team at the RRC as Digby Taylor has joined us on an undergraduate placement. To introduce you to Digby, we asked him a few questions on your behalf.