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Ribble, Hodder, Calder, Darwen and Douglas

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Stainforth stepping stones, at the heart of the river ribble's catchment

UK river prize winners 2022

Ribble Rivers Trust is a UK based charity working to improve, protect and promote the River Ribble for both people and wildlife.  We are based in Clitheroe, an ancient market town at the heart of the Ribble Valley, and work with the public and many organisations to deliver river improvements across the entire Ribble catchment.

In 2022 we won the award that affirms our ability. Ribble Rivers Trust are proud winners of the UK River Prize which, each year, is awarded to the organisation that has done the most to improve their rivers.

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There are four different factors we look at to decide how healthy a river is; water quality, water quantity, habitat health, and habitat connectivity. These four factors are all linked to each other and are the foundations of a healthy and well functioning river ecosystem.

If there are any problems affecting these four factors we can work to resolve them, and make our rivers healthier.

To do this we have seven key activities that we work on; engagement and education, woodland creation, fish passage, wetland creation, farm advice, farmland habitat improvements, and last, but by no means least, data and evidence.

Focussing on these activities enables us to ensure all the work we undertake serves a purpose and that all our projects are necessary and relevant to our aim of improving the Ribble catchment for wildlife and people.

Latest blog posts from ribble rivers trust

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    Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Dedicate a Tree This Christmas

    In the wake of 2020 which, let’s face it, tested all our resilience Lancashire Woodland Connect emerged as a promise for a greener, more sustainable future. This visionary campaign, launched by Ribble Rivers Trust, aspires to double the expanse of woodlands across Lancashire over the next decade. It’s more than a tree-planting initiative; it’s a…

  • What is Natural Flood Management (NFM)?
    What is Natural Flood Management (NFM)?

    Natural Flood Management (NFM) simply means using natural processes to regulate water flow and reduce flood risk. There are many diverse types of NFM strategies which are all slightly different. However, they all have something in common; they all have reconnecting and renaturalising river systems at their core. Here are some of the ways our…

  • The salmon run; an epic upstream journey
    The salmon run; an epic upstream journey

    Salmon are one of the most well known creatures in our rivers, and every year they provide one of natures greatest spectacles; the salmon run. This amazing annual migration takes the Atlantic salmon from the ocean to the rivers they were born in. It starts with a gathering in the sea. Here in the ocean…