In this area of the website, you will find
all details of past seminars along with presentations and supporting documentation.
Seminar / Conference
A free conference on restoring fish migration between river and sea
13-15 November 2012. Gateshead - Newcastle Quayside, U.K
The Rivers Trust EU 'WATER' Conference ‘Payments for Ecosystem Services and Catchment Restoration’
Wednesday, 27th June 2012
TExeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7AE
Saturday 9th June 2012
Barston Lakes, Marsh House, Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0LB
The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference & Awards Dinner 2011
Where there's water there's Life+
Third Sector GB Invasive Non Native Species & Biosecurity Conference
The conference, co-hosted by RAFTS and ART and sponsored by The Fishmongers’ Company, attracted more than 100 delegates who heard speakers from the north of Scotland to the South West of England, and the north of Ireland across to the south of Italy. Sessions introduced and outlined the INNS problem and provided case studies and examples of work already being undertaken by Rivers and Fisheries Trusts and associated third sector organisations.
Government and its agencies were invited to support a UK wide strategy for the introduction of biosecurity measures and plan for the management of aquatic and riparian INNS to be delivered in a third sector partnership based on a strategic catchment approach in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive and Convention on Biodiversity.
Eden Rivers Trust in Partnership with the ALFA Project - October 2010
Adaptive Land use for Flood Alleviation: Implications & opportunities for river managers
We were extremely pleased to support Eden Rivers Trust, which is a principal partner in the ALFA Project, part funded under the EU Interreg IVB NWE Programme. As the title suggests the Seminar concentrated on flood alleviation and brought in experience gained the River Eden catchment and experience from, our fellow partners in mainland Europe and river trust work from around the UK. Papers were presented on the very latest research and advice about adapting land use to alleviate flooding and climate change impacts on our rivers. Topics included the impacts of flooding on river ecology, tools for understanding natural river processes, managing sediment in rivers, balancing nature and agriculture in flood risk areas, ecosystem services, and best practice case studies.
Ballinderry River Enhancement Association - May 2010
Turning Policy into Practice: The role of ‘wet feet’ organisations
The seminar focused on what Rivers Trusts and like-minded organisations are doing to help deliver EU and local objectives for freshwater, its species and habitats; with a special emphasis on the importance of partnership working. Speakers from across the UK and Ireland demonstrated the wide and varied work of Rivers Trusts, with a special keynote address from the Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment Mr Edwin Poots MLA.
Eden Rivers Trust - Spring 2010
On March 23rd and 24th 2010, The Eden Rivers Trust held a workshop at the Tufton Arms in Appleby, to mark the culmination of our three year Trout STREAM Project. Our partners for the event were the Wild Trout Trust (who launched their Upland Restoration Manual) and the Association of Rivers Trusts. Over 100 delegates from a wide variety of organisations attended and we have received much positive feedback. To downlaod the presnetations visit: http://trust.edenriverstrust.org.uk/stream-workshop-2010-4.html
Thames Rivers restoration Trust - September 2009
TRRT co-hosts Rivers trusts conference The national Association of Rivers Trusts held its autumn seminar on 7 September 2009, at the London Wetland Center in Barnes. The seminar was co-hosted by TRRT. At the Annual Awards dinner, the first John S Hills Memorial Award was presented by Joan Hills to Mr William Tall, a volunteer with the Wandle Trust. For more information visit: www.trrt.org.uk
Trent Rivers Trust - Autumn 2008 “A Catchment Approach to River Restoration”
The Association of Rivers Trusts and Trent Rivers Trust where pleased to invite everyone to the 2008 Autumn Seminar and Awards Dinner at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell, and it was a return to the roots of the Rivers Trust Movement. Taking a catchment approach to river restoration and conservation requires working in both rural and urban areas. Many Rivers Trusts have built a reputation for novel approaches to river restoration in rural areas. The Seminar explored some of those approaches and provided an opportunity for Trusts to learn from them and contribute new ideas.
The Trent Rivers Trust ran a half day field visit on the Wednesday morning.
The Autumn Seminar was held in support of Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust at Wolfs Castle, near Haverfordwest.Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust is part funded by the EU Interreg III A programme under the Celtic Rivers Project to develop working in partnership with the Slaney River Trust in South East Ireland.The project capitalizes on complementary skills and experience in both areas.Learning from one another and sharing skills and knowledge, it is designed to achieve community-development benefits that would otherwise be unaffordable and unattainable. Its targets - environmental, social and economic - are inseparable.
The seminar brought together public and other funding opportunities to develop community led initiatives, and to show how public participation linked to integrated river catchment management is working, not only in Pembrokeshire and the Slaney but across other areas where rivers trusts operate.It also covered the wider perspective of participation across Europe and educational development, in particular the Foundation Degree course just starting at
under the aegis of
and Westcountry Rivers Trust.The field visit to the Pembroke Mill Ponds gave a fascinating insight into public participation in action and the visit to Ian Heaps’ coarse fishery a fine example of rural economy generation.
The Tweed Foundation - Spring 2005 “Evolution of Fisheries Management”
The Spring Seminar took place on 9th-11th May 2005, and incorporated a workshop session on compliance issues for new, emerging and established trusts, which was led by Mazars LLP, ART’s auditors, and the first AGM of ART.
The seminar included presentations on the implications of the salmon stock conservation review by the EA, the developments in Scotland, the framework of why scientific research is undertaken and its practical application to achieve the desired aim of fisheries management and putting data into action using GIS. There were also presentations on the Westcountry Rivers Trust’s Atlantic Salmon Arc Project on salmon genetics, the impact of diffuse pollution on Atlantic salmon populations by CEFAS and the need to survey fish populations in order to target environmental action.
The overall impact of the seminar was to highlight the substantial work being undertaken by rivers trusts and the government agencies and ever improving co-operation between them in working in partnership to identify problems and to seek solutions based on rigorous and sound scientific principles in a cost effective manner.
The Autumn Seminar took place on
9th/10th November 2004 at Chipping in the Hodder Valley,
which forms part of the Ribble catchment. The Ribble
is the pilot river basin for the implementation of
the Water Framework Directive in England and Wales,
which is acknowledged as the most important piece
of legislation to shape our use of water and rivers
for the ensuing two decades.
Over 100 delegates from Great Britain and Ireland
gathered to hear of opportunities under the new EU
Directive from key speakers including WWF, Defra,
Environment Agency, NFU and leading Rivers Trusts.
Following the seminar, delegates attended a glittering
Awards Dinner where the Association and VIP’s
announced the five recipients of the first awards
of their kind, “in
recognition of excellence and achievement”
and their contribution to the growing Rivers Trusts
The 2004 Association of Rivers Trusts
Awards, supported by WWF & HSBC included a cheque
of £2000 for each recipient (to be spent on
the river conservation project of their choice) together
with a certificate and a specially commissioned, water
themed vase in lead crystal.
“Award for Contribution
to Science” presented by Professor Lynda
Warren to: -
Dr Ronald Campbell, Tweed Foundation.
“Award for Contribution
to Best Farm Practice” presented by Professor
Ed Maltby to: -
Simon Evans, Wye & Usk Foundation.
“Award for Outstanding
Contribution by a Volunteer” presented
by John Bateman of HSBC to: - Philip Lord, Ribble
Catchment Conservation Trust.
And two “Special
Lifetime Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the
Rivers Trust Movement” presented by Dr
Dafydd Evans of the Environment Agency: -
The first to: - Dr Martin O’Grady, Central Fisheries
The second to: Dr Alastair Stephen, Scottish &
Southern Energy plc (Scotland) - who was unavoidably
absent and accepted on his behalf by Dr Ronald Campbell.
Arlin Rickard, Director of the Association
of Rivers Trusts who acted as MC for the evening said,
“These awards represent a landmark in the development
of the Rivers Trust Movement and reflect a massive
body of work undertaken over the last fifteen years.
The Association is delighted to be able to mark each
of the winner’s achievements in this way and
raise the profile of Rivers Trust’s activities
up and down the Country.”
This year’s award winners will be invited back
to next year’s ceremony to give a short presentation
on how they have chosen to spend their money. Nominations
for the 2005 ART Awards programme will open in the
spring with generous support from WWF, HSBC, Atlantic
Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Association. Click
here for further details.
Wye & Usk - Spring
The Spring Seminar was held on
25th/26th May at Llangoed Hall, Llyswen (near Builth
Wells), Powys and hosted by the Wye & Usk Foundation.
The theme of the Seminar was “Water Quality:
The Overriding Factor?” Acidity, toxicology
and siltation are key issues for the Wye & Usk
Foundation. Presentations included the liming experimental
work being undertaken in the headwaters of the Wye,
sheep dips, impoundments and flow regime as well
as the wider diffuse pollution issue, the theoretical
effects of habitat restoration on summer flows and
estuarine water quality impacts on fish migration.
The second day field visit in the
upper Wye was used to demonstrate, by way of kick
samples, the invertebrate life at the various points
on the system and the impact, for example of land
use practices, acidity and impoundments.
Eden Rivers Trust
- Autumn 2003
"Engaging the Community"
The fourth ART seminar was held
at the Rheged Centre in Cumbria, themed on engaging
the community. The idea was to provide an early
lead into the Water Framework Directive, with its
central principle of river basin or catchment scale
management. The River Ribble is the pilot catchment
in England and Wales for the Directive, and both
the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust, which is
now a full member of ART, and the Mersey Basin Campaign
gave papers. We were also delighted with the lead
presentation given by Rob Oates, WWF, on the Water
Framework Directive, which is a complex area but
a most important legal and strategic framework for
Trusts to "build around".
Rivers Trust - Spring 2003
"Action on the River - Surveying and Monitoring
Based on information gathered from
previous seminar workshops and requests from both
established and emerging Trusts it is evident that
often the surveying and monitoring techniques currently
available are not particularly well suited to targeting
project activity at a human community scale. Furthermore
surveying methods are rarely integrated so that you
may have to survey the same site a number of times
for each different species or habitat feature. Compatibility
and quality assurance is also an issue between Government
Agencies and NGO's, with the consequence that results
may be seen as less reliable and less transferable
from location to location. The workshop conclusion
was to establish a Technical Working Group and to
develop a matrix approach, whereby various levels
of survey and monitoring work can overlay each other
with a degree of consistency and scientific robustness.
The need to unify training and protocols was also
highlighted. It was agreed that the group should comprise
representatives from the Environment Agency, English
Nature, consultants and leading Rivers Trusts. Surveying
techniques vary depending on time, cost and the technical
expertise of the person involved. For example, one
intention is to encourage informed, quick and cheap
walk over surveys based on a minimum training period
using a pro-forma that can be relied upon, allowing
targeting of more detailed research in priority areas.
This will enable new and emerging trusts to achieve
early gains, target effort, prioritise work and contribute
to agency initiatives.
- Autumn 2002
Project Planning for all! "How to identify Problems
and Bring Forward Solutions"
As well as supporting and celebrating
the launch of the Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust, the
seminar picked up, and developed, the fundraising
themes from the first seminar, focusing on projects.
In order to encourage flinders to provide support,
it is important to have clearly identified objectives
in place, together with targets and method of successful
delivery providing value for money. Experience has
shown that there are a range of approaches and tools
available to assist in the design and delivery of
worthwhile projects - not least the importance of
partnerships and linking social, economic and environment
issues and activities. The latter part of the seminar
introduced some of the technical issues involved including,
the adoption of a river basin approach and various
methods and levels of surveying, both habitat and
species. The importance of good research was highlighted.
Key indicator species in particular can help to identify
problems and bottlenecks. IT and modem electronic
tools including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
were also discussed.