Events such as training courses and workshops in England and abroad will be advertised on this page.

Desk-based assessment for river restoration planning & catchment management @ Cranfield University
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Desk-based assessment for river restoration planning & catchment management @ Cranfield University

There is a lot of information you can look at prior to heading out on site, to provide you with a better understanding of your catchment, target your field surveys and identify potential restoration measures. This one-day course will help you find, collate and analyse existing data for your river restoration projects or catchment strategy. Existing data on water quality, species, habitat, land use etc. provide evidence and justification for projects and help target field work and restoration action. As part of the course, we will discuss the data required to achieve project priorities, we will show you how to find, download and display available datasets, and help you analyse them and produce meaningful outputs. We will use a case study example to practice and demonstrate how to apply a desktop assessment to pressure and impact evaluation for building a river restoration strategy. This course is open to anybody with a basic knowledge in river restoration and hydromorphology. Although not required, prior attendance of the Introduction to Hydromorphology (Level 1) course or the Developing a Catchment-wide restoration plan course can be beneficial. No prior knowledge of GIS or data analysis techniques is required for the course.

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River Habitat Survey Certification course @ Cardiff University
Mar 17 – Mar 20 all-day

The River Habitat Survey (RHS) is a standard methodology for recording hydromorphological features of importance to wildlife. The EU-Water Framework Directive (WFD) compliant methodology is designed to provide surveyors and organisations with a way of consistently recording habitat and geomorphological features such as riffles, pools, erosion, deposition, woody debris, fine sediment, as well as pressures (engineering, land use) and management. Altogether, there are more than 200 features recorded in a single 500m survey.

The RHS can be carried out by non-experts in about one hour along a 500m reach. A free database is available for inputting data and calculating indices. The RHS has been applied since 1994 in the UK and abroad. It has been adopted as a standard methodology for the WFD in Spain, Portugal, Poland and other European countries. It has been applied towards the WFD, monitoring, river restoration, site and catchment assessment, diffuse pollution risk assessment etc.

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) offers a 4-day Certification course in RHS where surveyors will be introduced to the basics of hydromorphology through a combination of fieldwork and presentations. The certification will be delivered following a written and field test that will be valid for 3 years, at which point, surveyors will be asked to attend a short refresher course. The Certification uses the same material and adopts the same standards as the Environment Agency (EA) accreditation scheme. Please note that the EA does not endorse external organisations or scheme and, therefore, the RHS Certification is not valid for carrying out surveys for the EA.

The training course will feature presentations and discussions on recent and past applications towards hydromorphological and WFD assessments, river restoration planning and monitoring, habitat assessment and any other subject of interest to participants. The RHS software for data input and analysis will be demonstrated using existing applications and case studies.

There is no pre-requisite or prior knowledge or competency required for attending the certification course. Participants are asked to read and learn definitions in the RHS manual before attending the course. The course will involve a lot of fieldwork that will be performed in pairs to practice aspects of the survey. Participants will be taken to a wide range of river types so that they can familiarise themselves with a diversity of river morphology and features.

2020 RRC Conference @ DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm
2020 RRC Conference @ DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel

21st RRC Conference ‘River restoration: scaling up our ambition’

21st & 22nd April 2020, Harrogate

Join us at the RRC Conference in Harrogate for this annual network event attracting more than 350 delegates from the industry. The conference programme is packed full of presentations and discussion sessions on a range of topics, as well as practical workshops and site visits, and time to network with delegates and reconnect with old contacts. Plus there is a poster session providing the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work or research, with the chance of winning the prize of best poster, as voted for by the attending delegates.

Topics at the conference include:

  • Geomorphology for river restoration
  • Mitigating effects of dams & reservoirs
  • Using data to inform progress
  • Restoring connectivity between the stream and its floodplain
  • Beavers for river restoration
  • Citizen Science programmes
  • Application of NFM modelling
  • Landowner engagement &  communication
  • A site visit focused on geomorphological monitoring
  • Monitoring, evaluation & evidence

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