“Adopt a Beck” – Kirk Beck & Black Beck
West Cumbria Rivers Trust have launched a new “Adopt a Beck” scheme which aims to encourage local businesses and organisations to become ‘guardians’ of their local rivers and surrounding area by investing in river habitat improvements and events to encourage communities to explore, celebrate and learn more about their local river.
Our first Adopt a Beck scheme is a three year part-time project which focuses on Kirk Beck & Black Beck, two important spawning tributaries of the River Ehen. The project, funded by Nugen, will be working to improve the wildlife habitat in and around the becks. Work delivered will include fencing, tree planting, wooded debris, willow spiling, tackling invasive species and much much more. The project will benefit both wildlife and landowners by helping to: manage livestock; stabilise riverbanks; reduce erosion and provide good habitat for spawning fish. We will also be holding events and activities over the three years to encourage local communities to get involved in their rivers.
Habitat surveys are well under way and we have also completed electrofishing at a number of sites to help measure the success of the project. In addition to Nugen, our other key partners are the Environment Agency and Egremont Anglers, who are contributing not only their knowledge and expertise of the area, but also some match funding to really make the money go further and deliver some fantastic work on the ground.
And it doesn’t stop there! To complement the habitat work we are also working with Catchment Sensitive Farming to deliver advice and information about Countryside Stewardship to the farming community throughout area, including Pow Beck and the Calder catchments.
So, if you live, work or farm in the area and you’re interested in getting involved in the project then Karin would love to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org T: 017687 75429/ 07528724077, W: www.westcumbriariverstrust.org