Inky black and smooth, the water is held back by the weir, then plunges down in a cascade, into white water where a goosander is fishing, flapping her wings on the edge of the churn of white water. Sounds of falling water and of boulders rumbling in the bed of the river. A swan drifts toward the weir, hesitates, and drops white into turbulent white.
Much of the drama is unseen, underwater, where the merganser dives down to take the fish gathering strength for the leap up the cascade.
Somewhere further upstream the salmon will return to the redds, the gravels where the females will lay their eggs.
The Environment Agency has a Flood Prevention scheme underway. With notices for Covid 19 prevention. Wash hands 20, Distance 2, Excuses 0.
One controversial proposal includes the removal of mature trees that beautify the RIver Kent in Kendal and riverside. Replacing a mature tree with half a dozen mature trees isn't an answer. It takes half a century for a tree to grow to maturity where it is of real benefit to the environment, addressing the issue of air qualitiy and climate change.
See ITV 5th October 2020. A Planet For Us All, with Prince William, David Attenborough and some inspirational very young conservationsists.
The Environment Agency has a Flood Prevention scheme underway. With notices for Covid 19 prevention. Wash hands 20, Distance 2, Excuses 0. The barriers protecting the site are plastered with safety notices. Reading them through, one realises how much work has gone into the creation of a safe working environment.