The River Erme

Discover This River's hidden secrets...

The River Erme, Devon

Rising on the Southern slopes of Dartmoor, the River Erme bubbles and flows through granite and clay before joining the English Channel in Bigbury Bay.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Erme Estuary is a fantastic spot for Bird watching. Egret, Curlews, oyster-catchers ans kingfishers have all made this special place their home.

Dartmoor’s best preserved Archeological remains are found on the banks of the River Erne
A boon to local industry, many historical mills took their power from the River Erme

Get involved on the River Erme

If you love your local river, understand how vital it is to you in your life and share our passion for keeping it healthy for you and your community, then there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether it’s helping on a river clean-up day, becoming a river scientist, going on a river walk or simply making a donation, working together we can help your river bring water to life for many years and generations to come.

Inspiration through the ages….

In 1811, Turner spent two years in Devon where he was inspired by the beautiful landscape to paint this stunning water colour of the River Erme in Ivybridge.

These days, there is a thriving artistic community in South Devon, no doubt inspired by the natural beauty they live in.

 

Ivy Bridge, Devonshire circa 1813 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D18157 Available under a CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported) licence

River Erme 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 River Erme

Electrofishing Internship 2018

We are pleased to announce that applications for our annual electrofishing internship are now open! If you are free over the summer, and want to gain an electrofishing qualification as well as valuable work experience in the field, then we are delighted to...

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Six ways to look after your local river

Rivers are crucial to our health, happiness and prosperity. Most of the time we take them for granted, but at the Westcountry Rivers Trust we would like to encourage more people to do their bit to look after their local river. Nick Paling, Head of Evidence...

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Comment: Cautiously optimistic

Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced his thoughts on the future of agri-environmental policy post Brexit at the Oxford Real Farming Conference on the 4th January. Within his assessment were some bold and ambitious...

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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.