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Derbyshire Rivers – Now and Forever

Tuesday 7th March 2017

River Derwent at Frogatt, Guy BadhamRiver Derwent at Frogatt, Guy Badham

March is set to be an exciting month for Derbyshire’s rivers, as we launch a campaign to get people more involved with their waterways.

We want people to get close to the beautiful brooks and majestic rivers of Derbyshire. There are events to celebrate those rivers that are healthy, and a focus on those that could do with some help to return to their former glory. For the month of March we are asking wildlife lovers to spend a little time near the rivers and brooks in Derbyshire. Much of Derbyhire’s wildlife is specifically supported by rivers; the Trust is asking everyone to tell them how river wildlife is faring where they are, and discuss what we can all do to help it.

On Tuesday 14th March, the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership are launching their rivers and wildlife film ‘Derbyshire Rivers – Now and Forever’ by Jack Perks, the famous fish twitcher. The film captures the River Derwent and its wildlife above and below the river, along with the problems it faces.

At Spring Fest at the Arboretum Park in Derby on Sunday March 19th the team from DerwentWISE will be there with water themed games for families to get involved in; come and say hello!

We’re also getting focused on rivers ahead of World Water Day on Wednesday March 22nd. The presence of wildlife that thrives in rivers indicates how healthy they are. British fish species are doing well in some of the rivers in Derbyshire where the water is clean and the rivers have natural meanders and riffles. In other rivers and brooks they are not doing so well; barriers to fish passage, polluted water, unnatural, canalised and drained waterbodies mean fish and other wildlife cannot thrive.

River related activities are not just limited to March – take up the Derwent River Challenge and walk a mile along the riverbank this May Bank Holiday! And look out for details of our photography competition coming soon.

We want to make sure Derbyshire’s rivers are at their best for people and wildlife, and partnership projects like the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership are part of that. The Derwent catchment covers most of Derbyshire and much of the Peak District National Park, and aims to create and protect a healthy and wildlife rich water environment that will bring social, well-being and economic benefits to all.