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Rivers Bring Water to Life

We might not realise it, but water is central to almost everything in our day-to-day lives.  Without it, no longer would there be lush green countryside, buzzing hedgerows, juicy strawberries or the gin in our G & T. There is no denying that Westcountry rivers are part of us as well as our landscape.

Here at the Westcountry Rivers Trust we are working tirelessly to protect and restore Westcountry rivers.  Rivers which supply us with drinking water, nourish our fields and gardens, as well as giving us places to walk, play and relax.

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1.4 tonnes of banned pesticides safely removed from South West farms

The Westcountry Rivers Trust has safely disposed of nearly a tonne and a half of banned and outdated pesticides from farms across the South West. The charity introduced the pesticide amnesty 18 months ago to give farmers a safe and confidential way to get...

First 100 volunteers sign up to monitor Westcountry rivers

Over 100 volunteers have now signed up to help the Westcountry Rivers Trust to monitor the health of rivers across the region. The Westcountry CSI (Citizen Science Investigation) project aims to encourage more people to take a closer look at their local river, stream...

Trekenner School Make a Splash!

Last week we were joined by budding river scientists from Trekenner Primary School for a day of rivers, nature and sunshine at Sydenham Estate. Reception and Year 1 pupils from the Squirrels Class pulled on their wellies and spent the day discovering the...

Millbrook Community Workshop

On the 30th November we held a community catchment workshop in Millbrook to discuss the environmental issues and opportunities in the village. Millbrook has a rich and eclectic environmental history. Sat on the edge of the estuary, the village has long been prone to...

Salmon get new spawning grounds

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is creating new salmon spawning habitats by adding gravel to rivers in Devon and West Somerset. Funded by South West Water, as part of the National Environment Programme, the project aims to increase the number of salmon and trout by...

And ‘weir’ off on the Lerryn!!

The river Lerryn rises near East Taphouse and flows through the beautiful Boconnoc estate before flowing into the Fowey estuary near Golant. The weir on the river Lerryn at Couch’s Mill was noted several years ago as a possible barrier to fish as part of our previous...

Restoring floodplain function on the Yealm

It's not often that the planets align in favour of re-wetting a floodplain but that's exactly what happened earlier this month along a stretch of the River Yealm in Devon. On a clear, sunny winter morning, the purr of a mini digger could be heard in the woods, playing...

Two National Parks Now Accessible to Migratory Fish in the River Taw!

Over the past few years, Westcountry Rivers Trust has been working in partnership with the River Taw Fisheries Association and the Environment Agency to deliver a series of works to improve fish passage for all migratory species of fish within the River Taw catchment....


Will equip a citizen scientist for a year


Funds a school visit to get kids interested in conservation


Allows us to restore spawning habitat in rivers