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What you can do to help

Would you like to help your local river?

Whether you want to try volunteering, find out more about citizen science, or you simply want to learn more about the problems and solutions facing our rivers, it’s fantastic the you are interested in doing something to help.

On this page, you’ll find helpful tips for positive action. Some of them might seem simple or obvious, or be things that you already do – but we’ve included them because whatever your starting point, it’s fantastic that you care enough to want to get involved.Other suggestions here require a bit more time or commitment, but will make a real difference to your local environment and your community.

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteer in the Mease

We’re looking for volunteers to help remove invasive species that choke the protected river Mease, pick litter and help the river protected.

Help reduce flood risk in Loughborough

Join us for practical woodland work just outside of Loughborough. This will help hold back water from the catchment and improve the health of the river Soar.

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No sessions available? Please bear with us!

We are a small charity working across a large area, and we’re lucky to have great support which means our volunteering sessions are often very popular. If no volunteering sessions are currently available, please do check back soon.

In the meantime, you might also like to consider other options for environmental volunteering – for example via your local council, Wildlife Trust, Friends Of group or volunteer service.

What you can do by the river

If you’ve got a local stretch of water you want to look after, there are ways you can help. One of the simplest but most effective is to pick up litter when you’re out and about. This handy guide from our friends the Canal & River Trusts explains what you’ll need and how to be safe when you’re litter-picking by water.

You can also spot signs of pollution and report them. Call the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or report online. Try to record as much information about the problem as you can – date, time; GPS, grid reference or what3words location; photos or video footage. Get a reference number. You can also report pollution to Severn Trent Water online or on 0800 783 4444.

A great way to start helping your river is to use the free Big River Watch app whenever you are out. This easy-to-use app allows you to take pictures and record data at any time about how a river looks and how it makes you feel, as well as providing handy guides on what to look out for in terms of the good and the bad – from wildlife to pollution. Data is then used by the Rivers Trust to call for healthier and more natural rivers.

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Invasive species – spot, record and help to stop threats to our rivers

Invasive non-native species are plants and animals that have been introduced from abroad and severely disrupt or dominate our ecosystems. They include Himalayan balsam, floating pennywort, signal crayfish and American mink. You can help by:

Logging sightings of these species on apps such as the Big River Watch and iRecord

You can also use iRecord to log wildlife you see while you are out and about. Your records will form part of a national database, supporting research and decision-making at local and national levels.

If no volunteering sessions are currently available, please do check back soon. In the meantime, you might also like to consider other options for environmental volunteering – for example via your local council, Wildlife Trust, Friends Of group or volunteer service.

Healthy river habits

Find out what you can do at home, in your garden, out shopping or on a walk by your local river to help bring our rivers back from the brink.