West Cumbria Rivers Trusts

Our objectives

West Cumbria Rivers Trust has a crucial role to play in raising awareness and increasing understanding of West Cumbria’s rivers and lakes. We do this by connecting with people locally to make a positive difference in the health of rivers, lakes, people and wildlife. To this end, we have three core objectives, each with a specific set of goals.


Engaging communities and partnership organisations to enjoy our rivers and lakes by connecting people with rivers and nature.


  • A healthy river catchment is relevant and accessible to the West Cumbrian community who are actively engaged in protecting and securing its future.
  • The Trust is a well-respected and highly visible charity recognised as the leading organisation for river catchment management in West Cumbria.
  • Encouraging active participation of local people in the management of rivers


Restoring natural processes within the catchment and making changes on land to optimise the passage of clean water for flood mitigation and water quality whilst improving habitat and connectivity.


  • Improving natural habitat, river processes and water quality through an array of different projects across West Cumbria
  • Promoting good practice to improve water quality and the movement of water
  • Making changes in the landscape to hold and manage the passage of water more effectively


Protect the unique biodiversity of our catchments by connecting habitats to protect wildlife at a catchment scale.


  • Thriving wildlife habitats throughout our catchment
  • Working towards more natural and dynamic river systems
  • Promoting a network of resilient habitats improving connectivity for migratory species

We use the techniques below to address these issues:

  • Fencing
  • Fish easement and eel passes
  • Fish and habitat surveys
  • Improve in-river habitat
  • Natural flood management
  • Invasive non-native species control
  • River bank stabilisation
  • Tree management and tree planting
  • Land management and soil advice
Additional needs catered for: