Ribble Rivers Trust uses a scientifically driven approach in delivering its aims and objectives through the process “Identify – Improve – Sustain”. In each stage of the process using sound pragmatic science is crucial, not only to inform decision making through identification of both problems and solutions, but assessing impacts to ensure adaptive management.
To achieve this the Trust employs a variety of different approaches, from “citizen science” through training volunteers in invertebrate monitoring and walkover surveys, to fisheries surveys through our scientific officer. In more recent years the Trust has done a significant amount working with students – both under graduates and post graduates – to help monitor and investigate the Ribble Catchment.
In addition to physical investigation and assessment, the Trust utilises a number of models and data sets that are developed and delivered with a range of partners.
This Data and Evidence is crucial to the delivery of the Trust’s own activities, but in sharing it with partners the Trust hopes to extend the amount of work undertake across the catchment that will bring about multiple benefits. Currently RRT is working with the Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency to trial a new sharing platform to ensure that data and evidence is shared widely and appropriately.