The Trust’s research programmes gather information about the health of the River Eden and the results are used to target conservation work. See the Our Work page for details of all our projects.
Our main research programmes are: (click the headers for more info!)
Electrofishing Surveys: to establish the health of fish populations throughout the catchment. Around 200 sites are surveyed each year.
Crayfish Surveys: to establish the health of the native white-clawed crayfish populations in the Eden Valley. This is particularly focused on the Rivers Leith and Lyvennet near Penrith and the Hoff and Helm Becks near Appleby.
Eden River Invertebrate Monitoring Initiative: training anglers to monitor fly life.
Aerial Surveying: A combination of aerial photography, environmental modelling, ecological surveying and a Geographical Information System (G.I.S.) are used to give an overall picture of the catchment and to pin point areas that need restoration and conservation work.
Trout Stream Management: The first phase of our trout research project ended in 2010 and the project report will be available for download shortly. We also held a very succesful Trout STREAM Management Worskhop, as part of our Esmee Fairbairn funded project and details and presentations are available here.
Adaptive Land Use for Flood Alleviation (ALFA): It is an EU-funded project (INTERREG IVB NWE) which aims to protect people in the North West Europe region against the risk of flooding due to climate change. This will be done by creating new capacity for water storage within river catchments in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Partners of the ALFA project can learn from each others’ flood and land management approaches. More details can be found on their website http://www.alfa-project.eu/. The 2010 Association of Rivers Trusts autumn seminar was all about the ALFA project - see here.