River friendly Shropshire
In a world of nature and climate crisis it can be difficult to work out what to do first. If you are a river fan then it couldn’t be easier to help out. Befriend your river, maybe form a river study group or campaign to protect your local watercourse with friends or members of your local community. Informally adopt your local stream and become a volunteer River Warden, download our RiverHealthChecker App and learn about water pollution and how to identify it. Invest in a trail camera, kick sample for aquatic invertebrates if your stream is safe enough and you have permission. There are many ways to look after your local stream, river and pools, litter picking is direct and immediate, a local plastic reduction campaign can make deeper changes in how we look after the natural world.
The county of Shropshire has over 3,846 miles of water course from the tiniest of brooks to the mighty Magnificent Severn. This arterial network supplies our drinking water and supports a diverse range of wildlife. However, our water environments are degrading fast with less than a fifth of England’s rivers considered healthy. Misconnected drains, plastics, chemical pollution, climate change and surface runoff from roads and farms are just some of the challenges in which make maintaining river health difficult.
However, by frequently monitoring and learning about the signs of pollution in our waterways, awareness of challenges facing our rivers can be recognised as well as allow necessary action to take place so they can be improved. Monitoring and responding to harmful pollution or practices is a critical part of helping create a Nature Recovery Network, whilst we are all trying hard to heal the wounds of environmental decline we need to be vigilant to prevent new and further damage.
What can you do?
Please follow the Govenrment's latest advice and rules with regard to coronavirus. You can undertake some of the activities listed below from your home, e.g. online learning, downloading the app, but other activities such as group litter picks will be on hold for now.
No matter what size your local watercourse is, it needs your protection! You can find out more by using our downloadable resources at the bottom of the page which will help you to understand and identify water pollution in our rivers.
In addition, you can:
- have a read through the River Monitoring Handbook document (link to pdf below)
- take a look at our river health checker app: https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/river-app
- take part in or do your own river litter clean-up (see Risk Assessment and Litter Picking Record Sheet, below).
- check out our invasive non-native species page, including online training and Citizen Science ideas: https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/rivers/shropshire-invasive-non-native-species-initiative
- volunteer for Shropshire Wildlife Trust: https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteer
Get in touch!
For further advice and support Contact us on our dedicated Shropshire Rivers Hub enquiry line: email@example.com .
We are also keen to hear about your river wildlife sightings.
Download the attached record sheet and risk assessment to run your own litter clean-up!
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