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  • As part of our new Green Recovery Challenge Funded project, HEAL (Health and Environment Action Lancashire), we are working with partner organisations to deliver over 80 health walks in Lancashire by March 2023. Health and wellbeing data for Lancashire has been analysed to highlight the areas most in need of
  • Ribble Rivers Trust have teamed up with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership at two of their recent conferences. For the first time the annual Lancashire Enterprise Partnership conferences gave delegates the chance to plant trees for their businesses. To date, donations through the LEP will enable the planting of 105 trees
  • Next time you are walking near a woodland look up, and see if you can spot a witches broom Lancashire is well known for its history of witchcraft, with the trials of the twelve Pendle witches in 1612 one of Britain’s most famous witch trials. But these aren’t the type
  • Local primary schools have once again been taking part in exciting ‘Introduction to Fishing’ sessions with the Ribble Rivers Trust. Pupils learning to fish on the banks of the river Ribble Pupils from St Mary’s, Chipping and Brennand’s Endowed, Slaidburn have also been busy learning about rivers and their local
  • Our county has a long and fascinating industrial history, with generations of families working in quarries, coal mines, and of course cotton mills. Lancashire’s mills and rivers are heavily linked, and without the rivers, industrial boom would simply not have been possible. Oakenshaw weir, which once powered the large Oakenshaw
  • Raft spiders float on water like raft September to October is spider season. The creepy crawlies can be found around our homes, and you can often spot their webs glistening in the morning dew. But why do we see so many spiders in autumn, and what other minibeasts can we
  • For the a number of years the UK, and more specifically the Ribble catchment, has experienced low rainfall in the summers, followed by severe flooding in winter. During these years there has also been a drop in the numbers of juvenile fish in the Ribble’s river catchment. Today’s blog comes
  • It’s officially conker season! These glossy brown seeds and their spiky green cases can be found across the country, and every September children start collecting conkers, hunting for the very best specimens. Did you know that conkers are the seeds of a horse chestnut tree? These trees are easily recognisable
  • Today is the autumn equinox. This means that the night and the day are equal in length, and that from now on the days will get shorter, and the nights longer. The equinox was a special time for our ancestors. The equinox represented balance in life, the end of a
  • With so many opportunities to improve our rivers for nature and people, Ribble Rivers Trust often uses mapped data and evidence for conservation. Leanne Tough, our data and evidence trainee, explains more. I joined Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) as a trainee in November 2020 through the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
  • Panaz and Ribble Rivers Trust are proud to announce our exciting new partnership! This partnership promises to deliver on the ground environmental projects in Lancashire. Plus, it will also support Britain’s Green Canopy as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The partnership will see the equivalent of one tree sapling
  • It might seem a little early to be thinking about this winter staple, but early autumn is the perfect time to hunt for sloes. By foraging for sloes and making your sloe gin or cordial now you can guarantee you have a plentiful supply of festive drinks. Firstly, what is
  • Summer is coming to an end, and next week astronomical autumn officially starts. As nature prepares for one last burst of colour and energy before winter, here are five signs of autumn to look out for. Seeds Throughout autumn many native trees lose their leaves and their seeds. Conkers, acorns,
  • The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is calling on the public not to be complacent about the Asian Hornet. The Asian Hornet- photo c/o Jean Haxaire In spite of last year, when there were very few reported sightings, insects are no respectors of a pandemic and if conditions are right we
  • A partnership project led by Ribble Rivers Trust has been awarded a grant of £660,100 from the £40 million second round of the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to
  • An exciting new partnership has been created to help revive Lancashire’s rivers, woodlands, and wildlife. Recycle IT, one of the UK’s leading IT disposal and asset management providers, have joined forces with Ribble Rivers Trust as their latest corporate supporter. The Burnley based company already has the environment and a
  • Blackburn with Darwen residents encouraged to take the Plastic Challenge this August to tackle plastic pollution New research has revealed that many people in Blackburn with Darwen and across the North West might not be aware that plastic litter in towns and cities can end up in the Irish Sea,
  • Blackburn with Darwen residents encouraged to take the Plastic Challenge this August to tackle plastic pollution New research has revealed that many people in Blackburn with Darwen and across the North West might not be aware that plastic litter in towns and cities can end up in the Irish Sea,
  • It’s time to show your river some love with a #RiverRevival. It’s been a tough year of isolation, restriction, and stress, but summer is here and it’s time to get outside, enjoy the sun, and immerse yourself in nature. Rivers and green spaces have been a lifeline for the last
  • Ribble Rivers Trust are proud to announce that No.1 Fairham Gin have joined forces with the Trust as part of a new partnership. Ribble Trust Woodland Officer Kristina shows Ellis and Liam of No. 1 Fairham Gin how their support will benefit Lancashire’s woodlands. Penwortham based No.1 Fairham Gin have
  • Two Ribble Valley schools are taking part in specially designed ‘Introduction to Fishing’ sessions with the Ribble Rivers Trust. St Mary’s, Chipping and Brennand’s Endowed, Slaidburn will take part in the sessions, which begin on Bashall Brook, near Waddington, before moving on to fish the Rivers Hodder and Ribble. Planned