Westcountry Rivers

Helping to restore and protect the water environment in the Westcountry for the benefit of people, wildlife and the local economy.

Rivers Bring Water to Life

Our Mission

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.

These places inspire and sustain us, they make us happier and healthier. They are steeped in history and they hold the key to all of our futures, but they are too often overlooked and so we need to celebrate them, promote them and protect them. Rivers bring water to life.

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.

Fisheries Management

Our formula for fisheries management forms an action-orientated approach based upon answering the essential questions to direct our works on rivers

Land Management

We deliver land management advice and on-farm measures to minimise pollutant loss from farms while maximising efficiency & enhancing ecological health

Information & Evidence

We create, manage, analyse and present robust spatial evidence of the highest quality to ensure that actions are targeted, integrated and cost efficient

Education & Training

We offer education to people at all stages and from any background: it is the key to changing behaviour and can best be achieved through interaction with nature

We 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.

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Latest News

The Life of a Fisheries Officer!

Puns provide the opportunity to exercise that dry sense of humour developed by growing up with a father from the North East.  Therefore, it delights me to say that my first weeks working for the Westcountry River Trust (WRT) was like being thrown in at the deep end. ...

Weed control & protect the river!

‘Water-Aware Grassland Weed Control’ was the title of a farmer event recently organised by Westcountry Rivers Trust, on behalf of the Upstream Thinking Project. The aim of the event, held on 19th October at Great Cator Farm courtesy of Mr David Reddaway, was to...

5 Westcountry Hidden Gems

When it comes to river places, we all have our hidden gems. That babbling brook tucked behind your local corner shop, the tyre swing hanging above a glistening pool that you stumbled across one Sunday afternoon wandering along the riverbanks…or maybe that...