Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership
The Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and North York Moors National Park Authority were appointed joint hosts for the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment and in October 2014 the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership was formed to pool knowledge and resources to improve and safeguard the river Esk and coastal streams’ valuable ecosystems.
The underlying theme of the Partnership is to improve water quality by engaging with local communities, educating people about our water environments and delivering practical improvement works on the ground.
In 2013 DEFRA rolled out the Catchment Based Approach idea across the UK promoting the need to work together to protect and improve our precious water environments, with particular focus on sharing the knowledge, skills and expertise of local people.
Catchment Based Approach Partnerships are now actively working in 100+ catchments across England and Wales.
Glaisdale Beck Restoration Project
We delivered habitat improvement works to improve the water quality and riparian habitat of Glaisdale Beck. These works benefit local wildlife that rely on such watercourses to survive. Through the Glaisdale Beck Restoration Project we addressed a number of issues including; fine sediment, nutrients and organic matter runoff, bacterial loading, pollution and habitat deterioration, all of which affect water quality, which in-turn affects the aquatic life found within the beck.
We worked with local farmers in Glaisdale to deliver improvement works and promote Water Friendly Farming. Improvement works include; riverside fencing which controls stock entering the watercourse, creating buffer strips to filter out runoff from the land, providing alternative drinking points for stock, improving stock crossing points and tree planting. We also looked at farm yard improvement works such as rainwater goods.
Discovering the Esk
Discovering the Esk encompasses four initiatives; Salmon in the Classroom, the Young Anglers Initiative, Adopt a Stream and Riverfly Monitoring. The project brings our local rural communities together in caring for the River Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment.
Salmon in the Classroom literally brings the river into the classroom (in a fish tank!). Primary School pupils in the Esk Valley learn more about the lifecycle of the Atlantic salmon, river ecology and the important role they can play in caring for our rivers in the future. The Young Angler Initiative provides young people with lifelong skills, with participants learning how to fish and making good friends in the process. Riverfly Monitoring and Adopt a Stream volunteers are monitoring sites throughout the catchment to highlight the health of the river and alert the Catchment Partnership of any potential pollution incidents so that we can act quickly.
For more information on these projects, how you can get involved and the latest Catchment Partnership news, please visit the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust website
The Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership has received hosting funds from DEFRA (via the Environment Agency) along with funds for the Glaisdale Beck Restoration Project from DEFRA’s Catchment Partnership Action Fund.
The Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust also secured funding from the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery to deliver the Discovering the Esk project.
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