- Constructing a new fish and eel pass on Burnley's oldest (Medieval) weir
- Changing the fast flowing and narrow river channel into a more natural series of wide 'pools' and 'riffles'.
Burnley's Urban River Enhancement Scheme or "URES" for short undertook an ambitious programme of activities to improve Burnley's natural river heritage. As well as carrying out large scale construction works in the river channel URES worked with local people to involve them in helping make physical improvements to our rivers as well as raise awareness of the wildlife associated with the rivers in Burnley. One of the key aims of URES was to begin the process of changing local perceptions and attitudes towards our rivers (from one of neglect and abuse towards appreciation and enjoyment). Highlighting the benefits of our rivers to both people and wildlife URES nurtured a step change in our understanding. Working with thousands of people over four years URES volunteers contributed over 52,000 hours of volunteer time towards the project and thousands more local people have taken part in local events, educational workshops, guided walks, talks and presentations, hatching trout eggs in school, arts and crafts, drama, film making, photography and much more. 'I didn't even know this was a river, now I take my family for walks by the river and I enjoy watching the heron and identifying different species of trees and wildlife, it has changed my life...' Volunteer completing the River Habitat Training course. Physical improvement works carried out in Burnley Town Centre (Summer months 2013 and 2014) included: