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For thriv­ing rivers and communities.

Rivers shape our land­scapes and pro­vide the foun­da­tions of our cities, towns and coun­try­side. When they thrive, so do we.

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Wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all.

The Rivers Trust are conservation experts with a wealth of data and expertise at our fingertips. We work with our member Trusts to make our shared vision a reality: wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all. 

We want all life to thrive in and around our rivers. Whether you enjoy fishing, swimming or a riverside stroll, our rivers need us more than ever to recover and revive. 

With our expertise, reach and our member Trusts’ local knowledge, we work with farmers, government and businesses to provide advice and resources for their communities. 

We bring together the people, knowledge, data and intelligence to help rivers thrive again; for us and future generations.

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0% good overall health


of all rivers in England and Wales are in good overall health

Natural barriers


of British rivers have artificial barriers obstructing migrating fish

Species decline


decline in freshwater species globally since 1970

1% of the earth


of the earth's surface is made up of freshwater ecosystems, yet they provide habitat for 100,000+ species

Join the cause.

Our rivers are an integral part of our communities and we are leading the movement to protect them.

Join us to save our rivers and help communities to thrive.