Westcountry Rivers

Bring Water to Life. Rivers inspire & sustain us in our lives. They are steeped in history & are key to our future, but they are too often overlooked. Currently, only 14% of UK rivers reach Good Ecological Status….

You can help Westcountry rivers bring water to life...

We are not always aware of it, but the natural world we live in sustains us all as we live our lives. Spending time in the natural world; breathing fresh air, watching light reflected on water or experiencing the joy that comes from spending a moment among wildlife, makes us happier, healthier and perhaps more prosperous as well.

Discover your river...

Find your local Westcountry River and find out all the latest news, upcoming events, activities, wildlife diaries, local produce and other ways you can enjoy it – join the growing community of river lovers who are looking after your local river.

Get involved...

Find out how you can get involved with your local river – whether it’s becoming a river scientist, doing a river walk or volunteering for a river clean-up…there are loads of ways for you to help us do our work.

Learn about rivers...

To secure the future health of our natural heritage and all of the benefits it will provide, we all need to learn
about the vital role rivers play in all of our lives and the best way to keep them healthy for people and wildlife.

So many people have river stories...

From Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.

Latest news from the riverbank

World Water Monitoring Day 2018

To celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, our water quality monitoring lead Simon Browning shares his experience monitoring the rivers of the Westcountry. I’ve been working for the Westcountry Rivers Trust for over three years and my role is to...

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Cornish Barrier Removal

Rivers across the world have long been exploited for powering industry, from 19th and 20th century mills to more modern hydroelectric generation. Weirs were built to impound an artificial and consistent head of water, allowing abstracted flows to feed the...

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Soaking it up with SPONGE2020

They say time flies when you are having fun. Well, time flies especially fast when you are having fun delivering a multi-year EU project! We are halfway through SPONGE 2020, as the midterm conference that will be held in Southend in September shows. In the past two...

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Learn about the work of Westcountry Rivers Trust

We are a charity working to restore and protect the rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas for the benefit of people, wildlife and the local economy. By working with local communities, businesses and other environmental organisations we work to bring our lost and forgotten rivers back to life so that they can once again play their vital role in all of our lives.

Our European Funded Projects

Our funding comes from numerous sources, here are our projects funded by the Europen Union.

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Westcountry Rivers Bring Water to Life

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