River Eden

River Eden - Nutrient Neutrality

River Eden Special Area of Conservation

The River Eden catchment is located in the north-east of Cumbria and extends beyond the county boundary into parts of Durham, Northumberland and North Yorkshire. It is the largest of the four catchments affected by Nutrient Neutrality in Cumbria and has been identified by Natural England as a priority site for their National Mitigation Scheme.

Key characteristics:

  • Tidal rivers, estuaries, mud flats, sand flats, lagoons (including saltwork basins) (1%)
  • Inland water bodies (standing water, running water) (93.4%)
  • Bogs, marshes, water fringed vegetation, Fens (3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (2.6%)

Excess nutrients leading to NN: Phosphorous

Key settlements within the catchment affected by NN:

  • Carlisle
  • Penrith
  • Kirkby Stephen

Key Contacts - Planning Authorities in the catchment:

Key Contacts - Rivers Trusts within the catchment:

Key documents:

River Eden Special Area of Conservation

Case Studies: Coming soon!

  • Eden Catchment - Nutrient Neutrality North West