People that use or live near the rivers in the Tyne Catchment are a valuable source of up-to-date information on their condition. We started our first River Watch group in 2007 and now co-ordinate a growing network of volunteer River Watch groups.
The River Watch groups collect data to help us identify changes and trends such as temperature for climate change and invertebrates for pollution events.
Our River Watch Groups tell us about changes and threats to their local stretch of river, and they protect watercourses through practical work such as protecting eroding river banks, removing invasive species and litter picks/river cleans.
The data gathered by River Watch Groups is used to inform catchment management priorities, recreation guides and byelaw enforcement. We hold seminars and training workshops to improve everyone’s understanding of catchment-related issues and ecology, including Riverfly.
In 2013, our River Watch work was acknowledged by LOVE Northumberland – receiving a Highly Commended in the new project category. Stephenson House River Watch Group was given a ‘Making a Difference’ nomination at Shining a Light on Excellence NHS Award in March 2011.
If you are interested in helping out, or would like to start a River Watch group in your area, then please get in touch. The links below will give you an idea of the work our River Watch groups and volunteers take part in.