Demonstrating the value of community-based (‘citizen science’) observations

Starkey, E., Parkin, G., Birkinshaw, S., Large, A., Quinn, P., Gibson, C. (2017) 'Demonstrating the value of community-based (‘citizen science’) observations for catchment modelling and characterisation'. Journal of Hydrology, doi:

(open access - anyone can download a copy).

Resulting press release:

Community Involvement in UK Catchment Management

A 'Review of Current Knowledge' (ROCK) booklet has been recently published the Foundation for Water Research for review. Co-authored by Eleanor Starkey and Geoff Parkin of Newcastle University, this booklet reviews how communities are becoming more involved in the management of the water environment than ever before. Case studies around citizen science and the Haltwhistle Burn project are provided. 

The booklet can be downloaded for free using the following link:


EGU 2016 - Abstract 1

Available at:

Starkey, E., Parkin, G., Quinn, P. and Large, A. (2016) 'Demonstrating the viability and value of community-based monitoring schemes in catchment science'. Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2016-9986.

EGU 2016 - Abstract 2

Available at:

Starkey, E., Barnes, M., Quinn, P. and Large, A. (2016) 'Insightful monitoring of natural flood risk management features using a low-cost and participatory approach'. Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2016-6497.

Haltwhistle Burn CRF Technical Report PDF 1,591Kb

'Haltwhistle Burn – a comprehensive catchment approach to headwater runoff and pollution: Technical Report of the 2012-2015 Catchment Restoration Fund Project'. Please note that this is a low resolution electronic copy. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please send an email request to

River Restoration Centre 15th Annual Conference - Haltwhistle Burn poster PDF 1,583Kb

'Haltwhistle Burn; a risky and challenging total-catchment approach' poster was presented during the River Restoration Centre conference at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (7th-8th May 2014).

Rivers of the Anthropocene

The Haltwhistle Burn project will feature in 'The importance of ecosystem service-based approaches to management of Anthropocene riverscapes', a chaper which is currently being edited as part of an open access, peer reviewed volume by the 'Rivers of the Anthropocene' research team.

Flooding From Intense Rainfall

'Haltwhistle Burn Catchment - April and May 2014 flash flood events' Flooding From Intense Rainfall (Project FRANC and SINATRA) blog 19th May 2014.