Pooling for cleaner rivers and habitats

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A new initiative is pooling resources to help safeguard ecosystems within the 28-mile stretch of the River Esk.

The River Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership has brought together the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and the North York Moors National Park Authority to deliver habitat improvement works and promote the importance of our water environment to local communities.

MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, recently visited the catchment to find out more about these projects and the work being undertaken.

Currently the Partnership is delivering the Glaisdale Beck Restoration Project as part of a government funded project.

It is looking to improve the water quality and riparian habitat by working with local land managers.

NYMNPA volunteers have carried out several tasks in Glaisdale including beck side fencing work.

This allows buffer strips to establish adjacent to the water course, enabling native vegetation and trees to flourish, which in-turn filters out sediments running off the land, preventing them entering the water.

The Partnership also teamed up with the Wild Trout Trust earlier in the year and held two demonstration days on Glaisdale Beck, looking at a variety of habitat improvement works such as bank stabilisation, large woody debris and coppicing work, which was well attended by local anglers, land managers and people keen to help care for the Esk catchment.

The river Esk is home to a variety of wildlife which live in and around the river and rely on it to survive.

This includes freshwater pearl mussel, water vole, Atlantic salmon, sea trout / native brown trout, sand martin, dippers, kingfisher and otters which are found in increasing numbers.