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  • Did you know that invasive non native species cost the UK economy around £1.8 billion a year? There are around 2,000 non-native plants and animals that have been introduced to the UK by human activities, and whilst not all of these are harmful, approximately 10-15% become invasive. These plants and
  • This week is walk to school week! Pupils across the catchment, and the country, are being encouraged to walk to school as part of the event, which is an annual initiative from Living Streets. Walking is one of the easiest ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy, whilst looking
  • Our mental and physical health have never been more important, with many of us feeling the mental as well as physical impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that almost 20% of adults were experiencing depression when surveyed in June, almost double the pre-pandemic
  • It’s bank holiday weekend and National Gardening Week. If you are looking for a way to share your love of the garden with your family then a wormery is a great activity that everyone can get involved with! This hands-on experiment showcases the wonder of worms and brings the hidden
  • This week is National Gardening Week. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, yard, patio, or balcony then you will probably agree that in the last year this space has been invaluable. Gardens are an extension of our houses, and give us space to relax, unwind, and quickly
  • A fintastic way of educating children about their environment is going swimmingly in ten  Lancashire schools this year, despite the pandemic. All are involved with Trout In The Classroom, part of Ribble Rivers Trust’s Ribble Life Together project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Although Trout In The Classroom
  • Eco-friendly web design company working to boost their environmental credentials. Ribble Rivers Trust are proud to announce that Pearson Web Services have joined forces with the Trust as their latest corporate supporters. Pearson Web Services, based in Preston, are a company dedicated to offsetting carbon and working in the most
  • Two-year Primrose Lodge Blue and Green Way project, which has transformed the well-known historic town centre mill lodge into a thriving nature reserve, draws to a close as the site is opened to the public. Ribble Rivers Trust’s work to improve the habitats and access at the new Primrose Nature
  • Part of my role as Monitoring Officer is collecting and identifying invertebrates which live in the catchment’s rivers. Many of these are insects, such as stoneflies and mayflies, which emerge from the water to live on land. They are important indicators and the species/family and number found helps us to
  • A partnership that will be a powerful voice and ready to take urgent action for nature in Lancashire is being relaunched. The Lancashire Local Nature Partnership (LNP) will “build a momentum and achieve a unity delivering great things” for the county and its wild areas. Wildlife will benefit from the
  • Over the last 21 years Ribble Rivers Trust, together with our partners, supporters, and volunteers, have carried out a wide range of habitat improvements. Did you know that all of this work is carefully planned over months and, in some cases, years? Activities such as woodland creation, fish passes, and
  • Ribble Rivers Trust has been delivering educational activities to primary schools for over a decade and we’re not about to stop now. In fact, we just want to keep expanding to reach more and more children and young people in the Ribble Catchment! While Covid-19 prevented our education team from
  • Lancashire-based environment charity Ribble Rivers Trust has secured financial support from a range of businesses to aid in woodland creation to tackle carbon emissions and support a healthier environment. Independent craft brewer BrewDog chose the Trust’s Lancashire Woodland Connect tree planting scheme to offset emissions on its road to becoming
  • Weirs come in all shapes and sizes, with the majority having been created during the Industrial Revolution to harness the power of water. However, some weirs have been constructed more recently, particularly gauging station weirs. The Henthorn gauging weir, with the Ribble Rivers Trusts new eel pass to the right
  • The now completed fish bypass channel on Holland Wood weir Work on our latest close to nature fish bypass channel has now been completed and the structure is already functioning well. The work, completed as part of our Ribble Life for Water project, has been funded by the European Agricultural
  • As we head into a second lockdown, most of us are yet again restricted on what we can and cannot do. But fear not, our circular walks, located across Lancashire and North Yorkshire, are just the thing to keep you healthy this winter. Walking is a tonic for the soul
  • Today is both National Stress Awareness Day, and the mid-point of International Stress Awareness Week. Our mental and physical health have never been more important, with many of us feeling the mental as well as physical impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that
  • It’s back to school for the Rivers in the Classroom scheme after lockdown forced learning online. Rivers in the Classroom is an important education programme run by Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) and more than 7,000 pupils have participated over the past decade. The COVID-19 pandemic meant educational activities moved online
  • September has been a busy month for Ribble Rivers Trust, with two weir removals, one newly created fish bypass channel, the start of two new fish passage projects, plus the creation of the longest fish pass in England which is still in progress. The now disused Long Preston weir One
  • What is thought to be England’s longest fish pass is nearing completion. The fish pass is being created as part of the Primrose Lodge Blue and Greenway Project (PLBGP), which is being completed by Ribble Rivers Trust in partnership with Primrose Community Nature Trust (PCNT). The disused weir at Primrose
  • Over the summer our Ribble Life Together home learning content featured lots of information about invasive species, and this year they’ve yet again proved to be a serious problem across the catchment. Many of us have spent a lot more time than usual outside, discovering new places, and looking towards