The Westcountry Rivers Trust is inviting local people to discover more about one of the region’s most iconic rivers. A free event in Ashburton on 5th October will give people a chance to find out more about the river Dart and its wildlife.

The afternoon event will highlight some of the work being carried out by the Westcountry Rivers Trust on the river Dart. Annabel Martin will explain how the Westcountry Rivers Trust is working with local farmers to slow the flow of water to reduce flooding and prevent pollution entering the river. River and Fisheries Officer Olivia Cresswell will talk about the fish that live in the Dart and how the Westcountry Trust is supporting them. Simon Browning will outline how the Trust is monitoring the health of the river and what local people can do to help.

Guests will then be invited to join them for a short walk to the river to look at some of the creatures that live there and have a go at using some of the tools to monitor water quality.

Olivia Cresswell, River and Fisheries Officer for the Westcountry Rivers Trust said: “Rising on Dartmoor and flowing through some of the most iconic spots in the West Country, the river Dart is an outstanding environment with some hidden gems. Please come and find out about what we have been doing to improve and celebrate the river as well as what you can do to help.”

The event will take place at the Dartmoor Lodge, Peartree Cross, Ashburton (postcode TQ13 7JW), from 1.30 to 5pm on Thursday 5th October. To book a free place, contact [email protected]