Informative and entertaining – MMVI hosts fascinating talk about Eden Valley’s river systems

Joanne Backshall, Conservation Officer for Eden Rivers Trust delivering an illustrated talk in Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.

Joanne Backshall, delivering a lively illustrated talk in Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24th Joanne Backshall, Conservation Officer for Eden Rivers Trust talked about her important work as part of an organisation that studies and conserves the Eden Valley’s river system in partnership with residents including land owners and farmers, through multi-generation volunteering on survey and conservation projects.  The work assists flood alleviation and maintains river bank integrity and water quality.

Her talk was informative and lively, and it conveyed her passion for the rivers and their denizens. There was plenty of audience interaction from the outset and clear slides showing maps, diagrams and fine photographic montages. There were lovely images of Eden’s rivers and wildlife and the talk was informed by her direct experience of work on the rivers including our Lyvennet, where, in one section she found fifty crayfish under fifty stones and also noted Otter spraints!  She grounded Eden’s rivers in their context.

Flowing south to north, the Eden is 130 km long is home to 184 species of plant and a wide variety of animals such as otters, Atlantic salmon, lampreys (primitive jawless fish), eels, bullheads, water voles and threatened native White clawed crayfish.

This river system has such a rich biodiversity it  is considered an internationally important wildlife heritage that is protected by SSSI and Special Area of Conservation status.

You can learn more about Eden Rivers Trust and their work on this blog page  https://lvcpnews.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/major-assistance-for-our-endangered-native-crayfish-revealed-in-eden-rivers-trust-winter-newsletter/

and on the Eden Rivers Trust website at http://trust.edenriverstrust.org.uk

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