North West Kent Countryside Partnership
North West Kent Countryside Partnership

Migrating Towards Better Rivers Workshop

Saturday the 2nd of March 2013

The North West Kent Countryside Partnership and the Environment Agency held the Migrating Towards Better Rivers workshop on Saturday the 2nd of March to discuss the future of the Rivers Darent and Cray.

The workshops aim was to explain the impact of structures, impoundments and low flows on river habitat and provide opportunity to have questions answered.


The day was overseen by our enthusiastic and independent chair Keith Wallington. The morning was started with a fascinating pictorial presentation given by Rod Shelton who took delegates on a journey through time from Neolithic times to the present day, showing how the history of the Darent and Cray catchment is informing and helping to shape its future. Presentations by Dominic Martyn from the Environment Agency, Andy Thomas from the Wild Trout Trust and Richard Ball from the Kingfisher Angling and Preservation Society focused on river restoration methods and techniques and the anglers perspective. Finally the morning presentations were rounded-off by Angela Gorman from the Environment Agency who summarised the role of catchment planning in helping to shape future actions on the river and the change to abstraction on the Darent. 



Delegate Pack Information

Workshop Programme.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [93.3 KB]
Delegate List.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [67.6 KB]
Darent and Cray Catchment Improvement Group Details
Darent and Cray Catchment Information.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [15.3 KB]
The Catchment Based Approach
Adobe Acrobat document [258.1 KB]
WFD Status Map
darent and cray.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
Draft timetable for delivery of the Catc[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [21.4 KB]
Useful Links final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [15.1 KB]


(Please note, some of the presentations are very large and you may choose to view rather than save them)

A brief history of the River Darent and Cray - Rod Shelton (Darent Valley Consortium)
A Brief History of the Rivers Darent and[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [79.0 KB]
Managing Structures - Dominic Martyn (Environment Agency)
Managing Structures.pps
Microsoft Power Point presentation [72.2 MB]
Healthy Habitats - It's not all about Trout - Andy Thomas (Wild Trout Trust)
Healthy Habitats - It's not all about tr[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [33.3 MB]
The anglers story - Richard Ball (Kingfisher Angling and Preservation Society)
The Anglers Story.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.5 MB]
Abstraction update and Catchment Based Approach - Angela Gorman (Environment Agency)
Darent Abstraction Presentation AG 01031[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]

Output from workshop sessions

Setting the objectives for attending provided by Delegates
Objective Setting from delegates.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [13.0 KB]
Afternoon Workshop Sessions - Summary
Migrating towards better rivers - Aftern[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [40.4 KB]
Workshop Evaluation Summary
Workshop Feedback Summary.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [28.3 KB]

Details of the questions and answer sessions to the panel will follow

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