The West Cumbria Rivers Trust is hosting a series of talks from local experts that might be of interest to members on Cumbria’s rivers and lakes, the wildlife they contain and how they are managed.

The events listed below, at various venues, all start at 7pm.

  •  Tuesday 6 February, Yew tree hall, Lorton - Arctic Char: Cumbrian ecology of an ice age relic. With Cumbria having suffered repeated flooding in recent years there is a need to ‘slow the flow’ and hold more water in the landscape to reduce flood risk to towns and villages. West Cumbria Rivers Trust will talk about their ongoing and planned projects and Daniel Turner from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust will be showcasing some of the measures taken in Wharfedale to ‘slow the flow’.
  •  Wednesday 28 February, Braithwaite Institute, Braithwaite - Using Natural processes to manage flood risk. The River Derwent is one of the best salmon and trout rivers in the north of England. Each year West Cumbria Rivers Trust survey the fish populations. The Fisheries Officer will present the results of this year’s survey and the projects we have been undertaking to improve habitat for fish.
  •  Tuesday 13 March, Cockermouth Town Hall – Salmon and trout in the Derwent catchment. Andrew Lowe, former Conservation Officer for the Lake District National park, will look at the industries of the Lake District that have depended on the renewable power of water over the last 1000 years.
  •  Thursday 29 March, Thirlmere Community hall - Power from the fells, the renewable power of water.
  • The series will conclude in April with a talk about the non-native species that are invading our freshwaters and how we can all help to reduce their spread by Bekka Corrie-Close, the Cumbria freshwater invasives Officer. Wednesday 11 April, Keswick Museum. Managing invasive alien species in freshwaters.

This series of talks has been supported by Cumbria Community Foundation. If you would like more information, please get in touch with us at or find them on Facebook.