Be a Citizen Scientist with us

Join our leading Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations team and you will contribute to the resilience of our region’s rivers, their habitats and wildlife.
For now and for future generations.


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Hello. I’m Lydia and I coordinate our CSI.

Our fabulous community of #WestcountryCSI citizen science volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our work to protect and restore the region’s water environments.

We hope you’ll want to take part too. Email us via [email protected] if you have any questions.


Evidence & Engagement Officer (CSI)

Our Westcountry CSI aims are:

  • To educate and engage people with the water environment.
  • To produce data that can be used to target work and identify degrading water bodies.
  • To spot pollution events which can be dealt with as quickly as possible.
  • To create a network of catchment communities that are invested in their local environment

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Active Volunteers Since Jan 2021

SURVEYS completed since Jan 2020

When you support our work as a Westcountry CSI volunteer, you will be helping to look after our region’s rivers, their habitats and wildlife, and our water resource.

You can monitor your river for a variety of reasons such as problem plants to pollution.

“It’s important to monitor our rivers; they are such a vital habitat but vulnerable to pollution. I learn from taking part and feel I’m making a difference while seeing things I might otherwise miss.”


Westcountry CSI River Keeper - River Yeo

Find out about our Westcountry CSI scheme via our interactive manual.

It explains how to safely take freshwater samples and includes resources for you to learn about your river, plus much more.

CSI Scorecard Map

Use this map to explore Westcountry CSI scorecards for waterbodies in the Westcountry. Click on the icons to view and download the pdf’s and find out the health of your local river.

CSI Leaflet 2021

CSI Survey Form 2021