River Watchers Work Parties 2018

Join our practical work days and help us look after West Cumbria’s rivers and lakes

When? On the last Thursday of every month between 10am - 4pm (or as long as you want!)


February 22nd - Willow Staking @ Longlands Lake

March 29th - Tree planting @ Beckermet

April 26th - River Watcher Workshop @ location TBC

May 24th - Balsam Pull @ Whit Beck, Lorton

June 28th - Balsam Pull @ Loweswater (followed by a BBQ)

July 26th - Balsam Pull @ River Ellen Catchment

August 30th - Litter pick @ Borrowdale

September 27th - Greater wood-rush planting @ location TBC

October 25th - Litter pick @ River Irt, Wasdale

November 29th - Tree planting @ location TBC (National Tree Week)

December 20th (a week early due to Christmas) - Rhody Bash @ River Irt, Wasdale


Contact us to book on an event and find out more!



Watch this space for details of our volunteering days.

Monthly Water Sampling

Volunteers needed to help sample Cumbrian becks to help solve river water quality and farming-related pollution problems. Josh is a PhD student at Lancaster University working with the Trust - he needs one person per month to help him with his river sampling on becks within the River Ellen catchment.

Requirements: Wellies, waterproofs and some packed lunch. Ability to clamber over fences a must!

Contact Josh on j.gittins1@lancaster.ac.uk for more info.

River Watchers Surveying 

Could you be our eyes and ears out on the river? We would like to see all the rivers in streams in West Cumbria in good condition; with no pollution, providing habitat for a range of wildlife and being enjoyed by everyone. In order to do this we need to understand the current condition of our rivers and streams so we can prioritise where we work and try to address any issues. Help us collect this information by filling in a simple survey about a stream or river near you.

Fill in one form per kilometre, or less if the characteristics of the river and surrounding land use change. A paper version of the survey to take to the river can be downloaded here. Upload your results to our database using this link.

Remember, if you see a pollution incident report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060

Record invasive species sightings to PlantTracker. You will need to take a photograph to verify your record.

Staff Environmental Leave Days

Why not organise an Environmental Leave day for yours staff? It’s great for team building and while you may not hear the ka-ching of the cash register, you’ll hear the babbling brook and the tweeting of birds! Your staff will be smiling inside and out knowing they’ve done their bit for the environment.

Toad Patrol

What is a toad patrol?

Every year volunteers across the country go out at night to help amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) on their spring migration to cross busy roads. Toads on Roads is a citizen science project, coordinated by the amphibian and reptile charity Froglife, that collects data from different toad patrols and uses it to help support research. They host a map of different crossing sites which you can add to if you know of roads where animals are being run over (note: reporting a crossing does not mean it will be patrolled)

Find out more here

Join us! We are always looking enthusiastic volunteers. There is plenty to do from surveying rivers for invasive species to helping out at events and developing promotional material.

Volunteering with West Cumbria Rivers Trust is a great way to learn about our work and enjoy the local countryside while doing your bit for the environment.

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