Ribble Rivers Trust

The Ribble Rivers Trust is a charitable organisation formed in 1997 with the aim of restoring the Ribble and surrounding catchment to its former glory for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Covering a stretch of 860 square miles, the catchment supports a significant number of fish, mammals and invertebrates as well as over 1.25 million people.

Like many areas of the North West, the Ribble catchment has a rich industrial and agricultural heritage. However, in the past, industrial and agricultural pollution, as well as water abstraction and inadequate sewage treatment, have caused severe habitat damage to the Ribble and its tributaries, to such an extent that the wildlife supported by the river has been put under threat.

In an attempt to improve the health of the catchment a range of projects have been developed and implemented by the Trust. This includes delivering practical conservation work, education and water management advice, improving land use, rivers and wetlands across the Ribble Catchment, including the Hodder and Calder basins.

Research carried out by the Trust and its partners show that although some smaller streams are still struggling, the overall health and water quality within the catchment is improving ensuring that future generations can enjoy the beauty of its wildlife and fauna.

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Volunteer Opportunities

With over 1,400 miles of rivers and streams in the Ribble catchment there are opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved. Volunteers are incredibly important and provide the vital manpower to complete physical projects.

It is incredibly rewarding and an excellent opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and meet like-minded people, as well as gaining experience and learning new skills. Some of the activities regularly undertaken include tree planting, fencing, clean-ups, invasive species monitoring and removal, and riverfly monitoring.

All help is appreciated and volunteers can do as much or as little as they can manage, basic training is provided free of charge so you don’t need any experience; just some wellies, waterproofs, warm clothes and a packed lunch.

If you would like to volunteer with Ribble Rivers Trust please send an email to to put your name on the mailing list and you will receive notifications of upcoming volunteer events.

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