In 2012 the Westcountry Rivers Trust won funding to deliver over £4 million of restoration work over three years on river catchments across the South West. River and catchment restoration projects are underway on the Dart and Teign, the Axe and Exe, the Rivers of South Hams, theRivers of South Cornwall and the Taw.

Although these are some of the Southwest’s most iconic and beautiful rivers, each of them has its own problems, both current and historic, which limit their ability to function naturally. These river improvement projects will improve the health of vital river ecosystems through targeted habitat management work and by reducing the amount of pollution entering the rivers. River connectivity will also be improved by removing historic obstacles such as weirs. These obstacles block animal migration and effectively disconnect what should be a single continuum of habitat.

Project Briefing Notes

briefingnotesThe Trust and the Environment Agency have produced project briefing notes for each of the Trusts five CRF Projects and you can download them here…

CRF Project Leaflets

wrt_leaflet_2013_aerip_Page_2We have produced a series of CRF Project Information leaflets which explain what we are trying to achieve in each of the River Improvement Projects. You can download these leaflets in pdf from using the links below…


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