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Babbling About Rivers

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[T]his winter West Cumbria Rivers Trust have enjoyed hosting talks from local experts on a wide range of water-related topics.

Sixty-five people have joined them to hear about local populations of frogs and toads, the rare Arctic char, the condition of salmon and trout in the Derwent catchment and the threat from invasive non-native species. Most recently they have had a fascinating historic look at people’s association with water and use for industry.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust have two further talks over the next month and will continue a series of walks and talks over the summer.

On 25th April, Caroline Grindrod will speak about Wilderculture, a novel and entirely integrated approach to farming, ecosystems, wildlife and communities.

Caroline combines years of experience in nature conservation and farming to illustrate how we can use natural processes in our landscape to provide productive farmland and healthy ecosystems. This event will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 25th April at Embleton Village Hall, just off the A66 between Keswick and Cockermouth.

Flooding and bad weather are a common challenge in Cumbria and we need to understand the role the wider landscape can play in storing and slowing water to reduce flood risk to downstream towns and villages. West Cumbria Rivers Trust will talk about their ongoing and planned projects and Daniel Turner from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust will be showcasing the success of measures taken in Wharfedale to ‘slow the flow’. This talk will be held at Braithwaite Institute at 7 pm on Wednesday 9th May. This talk was originally planned for February, but due to bad weather had to be postponed.

This series of talks has been supported by Cumbria Community Foundation. Project Officer Caitlin Pearson said: “It’s been great to learn about a variety of different topics linked to the freshwater environments we all enjoy.”

Keep an eye on their website for upcoming events. If you would like more information, please get in touch at [email protected] or find them on Facebook.

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