• Apprenticeships are a great way to gain qualifications whilst you work, earn money, and gain the skills you need to work in your chosen sector. Plus the combination of knowledge and experience means apprentices stand out from the crowd, which is really important in industries such as conservation, where gaining experience and getting paid work can sometimes be difficult. Our
  • Climate change is a big issue, and the subject is finally getting the attention it deserves. Research shows that we have around 10 years to dramatically change our lifestyles, which is a really scary thought. But there is time, and there are lots of little changes we can make to our day to day lives which reduce our carbon footprints
  • Our first trout eggs of the school year have now been delivered safely to schools Balderstone and Accrington, with more eggs due to be delivered over the coming week. Education and engagement are some of the most important parts of our work, and our Trout in the Classroom sessions have been a hit with primary schools across our catchment year
  • A cased caddisfly carrying an opportunistic mayfly larvaCased caddisflies are fascinating insects that spend the first, and longest, stage of their lifecycle living underwater in our rivers, before hatching into their hairy, moth like adult forms. There are nearly 200 species of caddisfly in the UK, but they are all of the order Trichoptera and are sometimes known to anglers
  • Our catchment, which has recently expanded to include the Douglas area. Although this has always technically been part of our catchment we have only started work here this year. Thanks to the media we’re learning more about the threats to our planet, our environment, and our climate- but did you know there are problems even in your local rivers? Our
  • A salmon jumping at Stainforth, one of the best places in the catchment to see the salmon run. Salmon are one of the most well known creatures in our rivers, and every year they provide one of natures greatest spectacles; the salmon run. This amazing annual journey takes salmon from the ocean to the rivers they were born in. The
  • With help from grants, donations, members, and volunteers we’ve planted over 150,000 trees across more than 180 hectares in the last 21 years. Over winter 2019/2020 we will be planting another 10,000 trees, with an even bigger number planned for winter 2020/2021. It’s safe to say that the catchment is looking greener, but why is this important? Trees are particularly
  • Lancashire has a long and fascinating industrial history, with generations of families working in quarries, coal mines, and of course cotton mills. Oakenshaw weir, which once powered the large Oakenshaw Print Works, Clayton-le-Moors During the Industrial Revolution the textile industry expanded rapidly. Mill owners were drawn by the hardworking communities, the damp climate (which was ideal for working cotton), and