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

To understand what problems our rivers are facing we carry out surveys of rivers, fish, river insects, habitats, and water quality. By collecting this information we can look at the causes of problems. Some of the data we collect can be inputted into computer programmes such as Geographical Information System (GIS), which helps us to decide which areas need our help, and what activities would be the most beneficial for rivers, wildlife, and people.

Sometimes we can identify a single problem such as a weir or single pollution source, but other times the problems might be more complex. Similarly the solution to the problem may be simple, but other times it may require a huge programme of work.

The solutions vary from physical changes to the river or surrounding landscape like peat moorland restoration, tree planting, wetland creation, and weir removals, or some problems may be solved by encouraging people in the area to change their behaviour.

A key part of improving a rivers health is that people enjoy and value rivers. This makes them more aware of the challenges rivers face, and what they can do at home (or out volunteering with us) to improve rivers and our wider environment.  This is why engagement and education are key activities for us here at Ribble Rivers Trust.

Farm Advice

Woodland Creation

Education and Engagement

Fish Passage

Wetland Creation

Increased Access

Farmland Habitat Improvements

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.