Cairn Beck Restoration 2018 /19 - Eden Rivers Trust

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Cairn Beck is a small river in Cumbria which is a tributary of the River Eden. Cairn Beck is joined by Trout Beck, shortly before discharging into the River Eden near Little Corby and Warwick Bridge. The catchment area of Cairn Beck is16.2 km long and covers an area of 30.6 km2

The beck rises from a boggy area of farm land in the lower fell sides between the hamlet of Newbiggin and village of Croglin; know as Cairnhead.

Cairn Beck NFM Project: Natural flood management
This project kicked off in August 2018 with a scoping stage to identify natural flood management (NFM) opportunities throughout the Cairn Beck catchment funded by the Environment Agency (EA) as part of the national Defra NFM project.
Initially, the project involved scoping and landowner engagement to identify suitable NFM options and the development and implementation of the monitoring strategy to measure the effectiveness of these measures. This included the installation of rain gauges, measuring devices and time-lapse cameras.
During the summer of 2019, we installed eight leaky dams on Newbiggin Beck (see picture) and modified 15 leaky dams that we installed in 2016 in order to improve their performance as NFM measures.
Most recently we completed an ambitious river restoration project which involved restoring a section of 200m straightened channel to re-instate meanders, bars, riffles and pools along with secondary and tertiary channels and ponds. This has created more storage of water on the floodplain as well as slowing the flow of the water in the channel.”

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