Rivers, streams and other fresh water stores are one of our most important resources, critical to sustaining life on our beautiful Blue Planet. Natures Recovery is dependant on the restoration of our rivers and the catchments that feed them, supporting and caring for this essential River Recovery Network is fundamental to the work of the Rivers Team of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust's vision is to see our wonderful wild water, in both urban and rural areas, thrive and flourish bringing lots of different benefits to people and wildlife. Through careful management of our precious resources we want to be a part of providing:
A clean and plentiful water supply
Protection against flood and drought
A place to play and enjoy
Waterways that can adapt to the pressures that the future will bring
Good quality habitats for wildlife
The work of the Rivers Team
Most of Shropshire’s rain flows to join the Severn, the UK’s longest river at 220 miles from source to sea. For this reason it is important that we all work together so we can have a coordinated approach to helping to protect and restore our water environments.
All of our projects are designed to take a Catchment Based Approach. A catchment is a term used to describe an area defined naturally by where the surface water collects and flows through the landscape. Rain falls everywhere and with the aid of gravity, when it can, it becomes a trickle, then a stream and joining with others, flows to become a river.
River wildlife and habitats
Shropshire is criss-crossed with ribbons of beautiful rivers, brooks and streams, dotted with ponds, and boasts an incredible and unique wetland network in the north of the county, made up of meres and lowland peat bogs, with the Shropshire Union Canal winding through this landscape. These habitats are home to an array of wildlife such as fish, kingfishers, otters, dragonflies, demoiselles, sand martins and dippers.
What can you do?
In a world of nature and climate crisis it can be difficult to work out how to help our blue network thrive. No matter what size your local watercourse is, it needs your protection!
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