All About Rivers
November 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This event features a film ‘Riverwoods’ and a talk from the River Ribble Trust.
Join us from 10am for a chat over refreshments about topical issues followed by the film and talk.
‘Riverwoods: an Untold Story’ – commissioned by ‘Scotland the Big Picture’ https://www.scotlandbigpicture.com/riverwoods
‘Riverwoods is the story of a fish that lives in the forest. And in the soil that feeds the forest. And in the predators, scavengers and even herbivores of the forest. Scotland’s Atlantic salmon – the King of Fish – is not only the ultimate angler’s prize, but a key building block in a complex forest ecosystem.
But in return, salmon need the support of a rich and diverse landscape that stretches far beyond the banks of the river. Over many centuries, the loss of Scotland’s natural woodlands, and much of the wildlife that shaped them, has profoundly changed our rivers and their ability to support the huge salmon runs that once flourished. Today, this magnificent creature so symbolic of Scotland’s spectacular, cascading rivers, is threatened like never before’.
A talk by Jack Spree of the River Ribble Trust: Improving the upper River Ribble, Past, Present and Future https://ribbletrust.org.uk/
Often it is perceived that improving and conserving rivers is done only within the River Channel. The reality is that improving rivers is about Catchment Management, improving how we manage that land in which water flows before entering the River Channel. This includes activity on all land types, from intensive agricultural land through to priority habitats.
The upper Ribble is an iconic landscape, often referred to as “Limestone Ribble”, with its source in heart of the Yorkshire Dales, flowing southerly the Lancashire border. The health of the river is not what it should, or could be, and as such Ribble Rivers Trust has been actively working to improve the upper Ribble Catchment for the last two decades, but the last 10 years has seen a step change in activity, from Peat Restoration, to woodland creation and of course making improvements in the River Channel.
This presentation will look at the Ribble Rivers Trust strategic approach, the breadth of work undertaken in the Upper Ribble over the decade, who we are working with, what is currently being delivered, our aspirations, and how those with a passion for a better environment and a better river specifically can help to make this happen.