Eden Rivers Trust

Talks at The Old Courthouse

Bringing Ratty back to Cumbria's riverbanks

Tuesday 30th April

Bringing ratty back to Cumbria’s riverbanks

Last summer saw the return of ratty to the Lake District. Virtually wiped out in Cumbria, the release of 365 water voles was the culmination of 18 months’ hard work to create the right conditions to bring back this small, yet vital part of the ecosystem to the area. 
Join Dave Greaves to hear the whole story of how water voles came home to the Lowther and Haweswater area.
Dave Greaves is the Habitat and Species Conservation Officer, Eden Rivers Trust.

The river Eden catchment is a very special river, home to iconic and endangered native species that are under threat – such as wild Atlantic salmon, lamprey and white-clawed crayfish. Dave is the trust’s habitat and species management specialist, working with farmers, landowners, agencies and other environmental organisations to create and/or restore the conditions needed for our native species to survive and thrive. He is leading on the partnership programme to re-introduce water voles to the Eden catchment.

Doors open 7pm

Talk starts at 7.30

Opportunity for Q & A

Spaces limited – please book below

Venue – The Old Courthouse, Shap

The talk is free to attend – but please make a donation, if you can, on the evening.

Eden Rivers Trust is the Cumbrian conservation charity rethinking rivers. For good.

Based in Penrith, they work all over the Eden catchment, championing the use of nature-based solutions to enhance and protect the river environment so that people and nature can thrive.

They work in partnership with organisations and local communities, changing the conversation and inspiring and empowering others to breathe new life into our rivers – together finding better ways to ensure the Eden can support a brighter future for all.

 
Socials: search for @edenriverstrust 

Photos: Eden Rivers Trust

Walks

Making space for water … and water voles in the Lowther Valley

Sunday 5th May

Making space for water … and water voles in the Lowther Valley

Join Lev Dahl, Eden Rivers Trust’s River Restoration Manager for a Sunday stroll through the Lowther countryside and see and hear about some of the habitat improvement and river restoration work the charity has undertaken with the Lowther Estate to slow the flow of water and improve river health … and to bring back water voles here!

Join Eden Rivers Trust for a guided walk and talk about the habitat improvement and river restoration work they’ve completed with the Lowther Estate to slow the flow of water and improve river health … and to bring back water voles here!

Times: 10am – 1pm

Walk length: Approx 3.4km

Spaces limited – please book below

If possible, please meet at The Old Courthouse, Shap at 9.30am and car share.

The walk is free to attend – but please make a donation, if you can, to help support the organisations running these events.

  • Mainly walking along the public footpath – stony gravel, uneven surface, with some walking across fields that may be a bit boggy. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Will cross a bridge with steps and a minor road.
  • What to wear: Please dress according to the weather, warm clothes and waterproofs if cool and/or wet, don’t forget sunhats, sunscreen if hot! Please wear sturdy shoes or wellies.
  • What to bring: Snacks and a drink
  • Parking: Meet at The Old Courthouse, Shap and car share. Limited parking at Whale Farm
  • Toilets or facilities: none
  • Refreshments: none