River Form & Function

River Academy

River Form & Function

Rivers (and estuaries, lakes and the sea) are a vital part of the world around us and we need to understand how they structured and how they function. These fascinating places are steeped in our history, they embody our natural heritage and will play a vital role in the future health and prosperity of every one of us.

Rivers Bring Water to Life

Rivers are home to spectacular and precious wildlife and form a key part of our rich natural heritage…They are also great places for us to discover, interact with and enjoy the natural world around us.

Find out more about the work of Westcountry Rivers Trust...

Our Work

‘River Landscapes’ Storymap

In the Westcountry it is primarily rivers that have shaped the landscape around us.

Head to our ‘River Landscapes’ Storymap by clicking on the image to explore the processes and landforms of our region’s river catchments, focussing on a case study from the River Exe.

You can download a worksheet to go alongside the Storymap by clicking HERE.

‘Westcountry Flooding’ Storymap

The Westcountry has been affected by severe flooding events in the past and, with flood hazard events expected to get more extreme as the frequency of storms increases due to climate change, flood risk is something that requires serious attention.

Explore our ‘Westcountry Rivers’ Storymap to learn more about why flooding occurs and what can be done about it using an example from the village of Millbrook in Cornwall.

Urban Flooding: A Look at Somerset

We want our towns to not only be spongey places that soak up surface water, but also greener and shaped by the communities that live in them.

Click on the image to discover more about how the Westcountry Rivers Trust is working with Somerset towns to find innovative solutions to surface water flooding as part of the ‘Sponge’ project.

Join our Campaign to Reduce Flood Risk

The Westcountry has been affected by severe flooding events in the past and, with flood hazard events expected to get more extreme as the frequency of storms increases due to climate change, flood risk is something that requires serious attention. Although flooding is a widescale problem, enough small changes in the right places can make significant reductions in flood risk…

Rivers Matter

We might not realise it, but our rivers, lakes and coasts inspire and sustain us all in our everyday lives.

They are steeped in our history, embody our natural heritage and will be a vital element of our future health and prosperity.

Our ‘Rivers bring water to life…’ brochure illustrates the importance of our watery places.