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.
On 23rd May 2016, 30 participants from the South East and further afield gathered in Sundridge, Kent for a day of river restoration project delivery training. It was the second of five RRC courses funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, for trusts partnerships and community groups.
Dr Marc Naura has just started as Science and Technical manager with RRC. Marc is a geomorphologist and ecologist with a keen interest in decision support and software development. Marc is particularly interested in what technology and science can do to help practitioners and environmental managers in their decision-making.
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.
The RRC is based at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, within the Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment, but as our information and advice efforts are spread across the UK, we often find that we don’t get to work in our own backyard as much as our staff would like to! Therefore earlier this year we were glad to be approached by the Catchment Partnership hosts, who were seeking to run capacity building training courses for their community volunteers and partners. The RRC provided technical support for five sessions: