Major assistance for our endangered native Crayfish revealed in Eden Rivers Trust Winter Newsletter

Cover of Eden Rivers Trust Winter Newsletter

Click the cover of Eden Rivers Trust Winter Newsletter to download it as a pdf

The Winter edition of The Eden Rivers Trust Newsletter may well be of interest to many of our Lyvennet Valley residents.  The 12  Eden Rivers Trust staff and their local volunteers have been hard at work on a number of important projects aimed to protect riparian habitat and its wildlife in the Eden river basin and you can learn about their recent and ongoing work by clicking the image on the left to download their newsletter. There is lots of important work going on around Eden Valley that could be replicated in the Lyvennet Catchment area.

The newsletter relates how “The Trust has been awarded £473,618 by Defra to improve the condition of rivers in the Eden Valley which support the native white-clawed crayfish. Cumbria is the last remaining stronghold of this endangered animal, which is threatened and declining across the UK and Western Europe.”

Many of us will perhaps have fond memories of encountering this shy and rather splendid river creature from our childhood

Native British White-clawed Crayfish

Native British White-clawed Crayfish

explorations of our Lyvennet river and perhaps others in the area. You can learn more about these gentle and rather special crustaceans on the Eden River Trust’s dedicated white-clawed crayfish page.

Our river Lyvennet is home to these native crayfish and thankfully has not yet been invaded by their arch nemesis The Lyvennet RiverAmerican Signal Crayfish.  The fine pictures below and others taken by Linda Pitkin including some lovely split views showing a river scene above and under the water can be viewed on her Eden Rivers microsite http://www.lindapitkin.net/Eden_Rivers/index.html

White-Clawed Crayfish in habitat. Photo by Linda Pitkin.

White-Clawed Crayfish in habitat. Photo by Linda Pitkin.

There is much more news besides, including:

White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), native to the UK, held by Conservation Officer Joanne Backshall.Eden Rivers Trust crayfish survey - capture and release - conservation work.

White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes), native to the UK, held by Conservation Officer Joanne Backshall.
Taken during Eden Rivers Trust crayfish survey – capture and release – conservation work. Photo by Linda Pitkin.

  • Water Friendly Farming  The Trust is working with farmers to benefit farms and the environment, acting as a buffer between farmers and legislation in partnerships for water quality
  • Miles of progress in battle against invaders The Trust is battling against powerful invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and the noxious Giant Hogweed to protect our local species and prevent habitat degradation
  • Adapting Land use for Flood Alleviation Increasingly important work in collaboration with Newton Rigg College to slow water run-off into the rivers helping to reduce flooding by introducing a variety of techniques.
  • Eden Fisheries Planning ERT and the River Eden and District Fisheries Association (REDFA) are jointly developing what is probably the first independent fisheries management plan in the UK.
  • Cherish Eden An initial tranche of over £100,000 in Heritage Lottery Funding has been won in the first phase, spearheading  a potentially larger project.
  • Eden charity bike ride A fundraising team including local residents rode the entire length of the Eden to raise money for Eden House Children’s Hospice!

You can learn more about Eden Rivers Trust and their work at http://trust.edenriverstrust.org.uk

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