River Watch Training
Local People.....Local Priorities
Any person taking on River Watch Training must complete the required training as covered on this web page.
Training Resources Relevent to All River Watchers
Training resource 1.
Training resource 2.
Understanding ‘catchments’ and ‘natural flood management’
What do we mean by the term ‘catchment’?
(click video to view larger version)
‘Community Involvement in UK Catchment Management‘ – a booklet on how communities fit into the wider picture.
Natural flood management: leaky dams in action (see video here)
Red Burn catchment jigsaw puzzle – piece together your local catchment!
Visit Magic Maps to obtain further maps of your area.
Training Resource 3.
Weather and Floods, Forecasts and Warnings.
Be prepared, know when to expect severe weather events and find out whether there are any weather or flood warnings in place affecting your local catchment.
- Met Office weather warning guide (for rain, hail. snow, wind and fog)
- Met Office weather forecast for Acomb
- Met Office rainfall radar map
- Environment Agency flood warning guide
- Live (interactive) gauge map of Environment Agency river levels by Shoothill – River North Tyne at Reaverhill
- Rain alarm app (for Apple devices) (for Android devices) (for desktops / web browsers)
- OpenStreetMap – maps for watercourses and footpaths
|Training cards to support community-based monitoring activities|
Training Resource 5.
Training Resource 6.
Flooding and extreme weather impacts
Observe changes in the water environment before, during and after a severe weather event (e.g. heavy rainfall which causes flooding).
Training Resource 8.
Shared Red Burn Dropbox folder
Please contact Action 4 Acomb or email email@example.com if you would like to join the shared ‘Red Burn Dropbox‘ folder. By joining the folder you will be able to drop your own observations into the folder and also view observations made by the wider community. This is our preferred option if you intend to observe the water environment on a regular or ongoing basis.
Training Resource 9.
Training Resource 10.
Training Resource 11.
Community river and weather app
An Android app which will allow you to submit your river levels, river observations and weather descriptions.