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Happy World Fish Migration Day!






On 21 May, individuals, communities and projects from around the world will come together and take part in a global initiative to create awareness about the importance of free-flowing, unobstructed rivers for migratory fish. Fish – such as Atlantic salmon, European eel and sea lamprey – need to travel up and down rivers, as well as […]

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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis, female, back view on branch

Why we’re challenging the government over its protection of precious rivers and wetlands






I’ve been working to improve the health of our rivers for the past five years. But, as an organisation, WWF has been doing this work for the past 20. It’s easy to understand why when you think about just how much our rivers support us – water is used for drinking, for businesses, for recreation […]

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Wild swimmers at a small falls by Badgworthy pool Tim Sheerman-Chase / Flickr rivers

Making a splash for our rivers






Last week, people across Europe celebrated their local river, lake or beach by jumping in them! This is all part of a project called ‘The Big Jump’ which does exactly what it says on the tin – encourages people to jump in their local river, lake or beach and reconnect people with their water environment. […]

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Swan on the river Itchen, UK. Copyright: Greg Armfield / WWF-UK

Will you help to Save Our Waters?






Every six years, the Environment Agency publish River Basin Management Plans (catchy title, I know!) Despite their less than exciting name, these plans are really important. In a nutshell, they will determine how our waters, which include rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches and wetlands, are managed over the next six years. You may be thinking – […]

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River Cray, Kent © Fullstreak Holes Photography / Flickr

In times of austerity, do people still care about the environment?






This year we’re at all the party conferences. The theme is affordability and the question – in times of austerity, do people still care about the environment? What do you think about when you boil the kettle for a morning cuppa, or have a soak after a long day at work? It’s probably not the […]

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The dried up river bed of the Mimram

The Water Act: Will it improve the rivers of England and Wales?






The short answer is more than we expected! After significant campaigning by a motley crew of anglers, twitchers and local river groups, and with the support of committed Members of the House of Lords, a previously business and competition focused Bill has become an Act that at least addresses some of our concerns for the […]

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