The Sid

RESOURCES ON THE RIVER SID

ON THIS WEBSITE:

In the press – The Sid

Photography along the Sid – The Sid


REPORTS:

Several key reports have been commissioned over the last decade:

SVA and DWT 2013:

Living Rivers Project: the Sid Vale Association, Devon Wildlife Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

DWT, SVA and Fishtek in 2014:

Site visit and fish passage option discussions with Devon Wildlife Trust, Sid Vale Association & Fishtek Consulting

SVBG and WTT in 2021:

River Sid, Devon Advisory Visit | Wild Trout Trust


TALKS/PRESENTATIONS/VIDEOS:

There are several videos on the Sid and its tributaries on the SVBG Youtube channel – with more being regularly added:

Sid Valley Biodiversity Group – YouTube

In July 2021, the Westcountry Rivers Trust gave a talk on river biodiversity and the role of citizen science – with a Q&A session focussing on the River Sid:

WestCountry Rivers Trust Event July 2021 – YouTube


LOCAL GROUPS:

There are several key groups working in the Sid Valley which are keen to help the Sid, including:

Sid Valley Biodiversity Group

Vision Group for Sidmouth

Sidmouth Science Festival

Sid Vale Association – River Sid

Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project | Facebook

Sidmouth Arboretum

Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub CIC – Promoting Fishing Heritage and Coastal Communities

Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan and Scheme – East Devon


REGIONAL/NATIONAL GROUPS:

Beyond the Sid Valley, there are several organisations which have taken an active interest in the River Sid.

The Devon Local Nature Partnership works with local groups – and has just set up its Wild About Devon initiative:

Welcome to Wild About Devon! – Devon Local Nature Partnership

The initiative is part of the wider Nature Recovery programme from central government:

Nature Recovery – Devon Local Nature Partnership

They are looking to local groups to input into this, including the SVBG, with a new toolkit launched as part of its Wild About Devon initiative:

Community Toolkit – Devon Local Nature Partnership

The Devon Wildlife Trust has been involved with projects on the Sid. 

This includes the report carried out with the SVA and Devon county council in 2013:

Living Rivers Project: the Sid Vale Association, Devon Wildlife Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

And the report made together with the SVA and Fishtek in 2014:

Site visit and fish passage option discussions with Devon Wildlife Trust, Sid Vale Association & Fishtek Consulting

Here’s a  video showing the DWT’s interest in rivers, from June 2021:

Devon’s rivers – beautiful, fragile and in need of protection – YouTube

Site visit and fish passage option discussions with Devon Wildlife Trust, Sid Vale Association & Fishtek Consulting

The Environment Agency is a key player in any river system, as it is the government body responsible for all officially classified rivers. As such, it provides a lot of guidance:

Environment Agency Fish Pass Manual – 2010 

Guidance notes for fish pass approval

EA Guide to rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is interested in the Sid:

River Otter & Sid | Westcountry Rivers Trust

It’s also working with the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group in its current water quality monitoring project:

Monitoring Water Quality – The Sid

The Wild Trout Trust has also worked closely with the SVBG, having just completed a report commissioned by the School Weir Fish Ladder project group: this will be published shortly:

River Sid, Devon Advisory Visit | Wild Trout Trust