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."
Last week I went down to Somerset for a tour of the Hills to Levels Project across the catchment. Hills to Levels was the winner of the UK River Prize 2018, and winner of the catchment-scale category.