We did it!

Thanks to you and our match fund pledgers, we raised £12,610 for our citizen science and education work in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

This will help so many to Revel in Our Westcountry Rivers.

The money will help us to keep caring for your Westcountry rivers by supporting our Westcountry CSI volunteers who monitor the region’s river health, and inspire a love for freshwater environments through the development of educational resources and events.

Our Revel in Your Westcountry Rivers fundraiser ran from 12pm on 30 November to 12pm on Tuesday 7 December.

A message from our CEO

The value of public data and evidence should never be underestimated.

Recent backlash that the Government received regarding sewage discharges into our rivers was underpinned by members of society passionate about our freshwater environments. This was backed up with long-term data, which moved the discussion beyond hear-say and finger waving to focused pressure on key sectors, making inaction and obfuscation almost impossible.

Our aim at the Westcountry Rivers Trust is to provide the largest single source of information on the health of our region’s rivers. This will enable us to supply those passionate about their rivers with data and evidence but to also target our work and showcase its impact.

As a charity we have limited resources but the greatest asset we have is people.

By raising small amounts of money we can find, train and equip members of the community with the tools, abilities and professionalism to monitor their river.

If you can help, please give to our Big Give #RiverRevellers campaign as every pound donated is doubled and goes towards expanding the eyes and ears on our rivers and inspiring a lifelong love for them.

You can also sign up to be one of our Citizen Scientists and adopt a monitoring location from across the Westcountry and play a vital role charting the pressures and changes on our most precious of resources.

Dr Laurence Couldrick

CEO at Westcountry Rivers Trust

If you can’t donate, you can still support our work through volunteering with our citizen science team – find out more at our Get Involved page.

However you can help is hugely appreciated.