The River ErmeDiscover 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.
Get involved on the River ErmeIf 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 StoriesFrom 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
An Enforcement Undertaking (EU) has led to South West Water (SWW) offering to pay us £350,000 to help a Devon river recover from serious pollution that wiped out the local fish population.This payment has been accepted by the Environment Agency as an alternative to...read more
We continue to work with South West Water (SWW) to deliver the second phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2015 to 2020. According to recent research, 94% of surveyed farmers are pleased SWW is getting involved in helping them explore how to...read more
Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is embarking on a new project to find natural solutions to some of the issues facing the River Culm and its catchment, and we are a part of it.This new initiative called Connecting the Culm is part of Co-Adapt,...read more
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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.