Entries by Caitlin Pearson

River webcam at Wensley bridge.

The variability of the River Ure is part of its charm, but there are few things more frustrating than having your plans spoiled by the weather conditions. Together the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and Bolton Estates have installed a webcam at Wensley bridge to allow everyone to view live images of the river. The webcam […]

Heritage Lottery Fund support for ‘Ure River’.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust has received £24,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to celebrate and protect the River Ure in Wensleydale. The river is a central part of Wensleydale, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, but in recent years it has come under increasing pressures, including climate change, pollution […]

Day 2 on the Farm – Managing risk

Apart from some newly hatched chicks and James’ pet wallabies the focus today was on crops rather than livestock. We walked several of the crop fields with Steven, a contracted agronomist. The farm has a rotation of barley, feed wheat, oats, potatoes and grass. Steven was looking at the condition, growth stage and threats (weeds […]


Fish in Britain’s rivers are under threat from warmer waters. Cold-water species such as Atlantic salmon and brown trout, are struggling to cope as climate change brings significant increases in temperature. Today there’s a call for urgent action to Keep Rivers Cool by planting broadleaf native trees alongside river banks, creating dappled shading and stopping […]

Day 1 on the farm: Sheep Shuttering and Milking

I started the day by helping to herd sheep through a foot bath. I’d thought sheep farmers basically left sheep alone in the fields, but I was very wrong! The sheep get brought into the pens regularly, for worming, foot baths, vet checks, clipping and weighing. The process starts in September, ewes are brought in […]

Down on the Farm

Much of the work of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust involves working with farmers to integrate simple measures to improve water quality and stream habitat into farming practices. As a YDRT Project Officer I have a good understanding of how the river and its wildlife work, but having grown up in the suburbs of Middlesbrough […]

Yore Past, Ure Future… We need Your views.

An exciting new project to enhance the River Ure is being launched in Upper Wensleydale by a partnership of local farmers and interested organisations. Come and tell us why the River Ure is special to you and find out more about the project and how you can help to shape it. 22nd Feb, Old School […]