Bishopdale Beck is a major tributary of the River Ure which begins high-up on the Causeway Moss flowing down its dale to be joined by Walden Beck and then joining the River Ure at Froddle Dub east of Aysgarth Falls. The upstream extent of this water body is characterised by heavily gripped peat moorland which is now extensively grazed by hill sheep as well as being used as a grouse habitat. As you move down the dale the landscape changes into more productive pasture land which surrounds the beck.
The catchment is mainly rural, with extensive hill sheep farming and beef cattle being the main land use. Due to the iconic location it is a very popular tourist location which accommodates a variety of different campsite and caravan parks, collectively imposing a number of different pressures on the Beck.
The beck is well renowned for its salmon spawning habitat and with increasing populations in the Ure Catchments it is becoming ever more productive.
However there are many issues on Bishopdale Beck that are preventing it from achieving ‘Good Ecological’ status. Therefore the aim of this project is to tackle the reasons for failure in fish populations, considering sedimentation, agricultural diffuse pollution, point source pollution, water temperature and in-stream habitat. Our work will hopefully resolve some of the issues and help Bishopdale Beck move towards good ecological status.