Did you know that despite covering less than 1% of the Earth's surface, freshwater habitats house over 100,000 known species?
Rivers are arguably one of the most precious ecosystems on the planet. Despite this, they are under threat. Many of our rivers are barely functioning - but we're stepping in to save them. Tune into Rambling About Rivers to find out more about the threats facing rivers and what you can to do help.
"It's like getting to know a person, but one who can't speak. We felt we had to be advocates for [the] river"
This week, we join Dan and Jayne in conversation with Alison Archer from the Pymmes BrookERS: a group of community volunteers working together to restore their local waterways. Working in conjunction with our local Trust Thames21, the Pymmes BrookERS have made a huge impact on their local environment. The creation of Broomfield Park Wetland—a gorgeous, biodiverse wetland in the centre of Enfield—has been one of their crowning achievements. Tune in to find out more about how communities can come together to restore the natural world.
This podcast follows on from episode 8: Why wetlands? You don't need to have heard episode 8 to enjoy this episode, but it provides more background if you are interested.
At The Rivers Trust, we have been stirring some 💩 about what is REALLY going into our rivers. In June, we kicked off our new campaign, Together For Rivers, to introduce designated bathing water standards into well-used rivers across the UK 🏊
To launch the campaign, our incredible Data Team created an interactive map to locate where and how often sewage was being released into rivers in England. One of the data minds behind this map is Anneka France, GIS Analyst at The Rivers Trust. In the latest episode of #RamblingAboutRivers, we join Jayne and Dan in conversation with Anneka to find out more about sewage pollution and talk about the next steps.
Our local Trusts play a huge role in the creation and improvement of wetlands. Last year, Thames21 played a part in developing a number of urban wetlands in and around London. They're not stopping there, though, and have plans to create even more wetlands around the capital. So why the big push on wetlands—and what does this mean for the environment and community?
Dan and Jayne speak to John Bryden, Senior Programmes Manager at Thames21. We speak about the wetlands the Trust has created, and find out more about the process of sculpting an entirely new habitat. In addition, we take a closer look at the benefits that wetlands can deliver - ranging from improved biodiversity to reduced flood risk. There are a number of challenges associated with carrying out this type of work in urban wetlands, and we find out more about these from John.
In part two of this podcast, we hope to speak to the community volunteers involved in one of these projects to find out more about how it has impacted their lives. Stay tuned!
In today's episode, Dan and Jayne speak to Elle Hunt: a freelance journalist with articles in The Observer magazine, Tortoise, New Scientist and a range of other publications. Her Guardian article, "Blue Spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness", serves as the starting point for today's discussion. What do blue spaces mean for our mental health? How has the Covid-19 impacted our appreciation of natural spaces? Find out more in Rambling About Rivers.
This year, it feels more important than ever to reach out and talk about mental health. Covid-19 is having a huge effect on mental health—whether that’s through the tragic loss of family members, or the jarring effects of lockdown. For many, nature provides a sanctuary during these strange times; a place to find peace and serenity amidst the chaos.
In today's episode, Dan and Jayne speak to Jack Spees: Chief Executive of Ribble Rivers Trust. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, they discuss the link between rivers and mental wellbeing. Could rivers play a role in helping to reduce stress and anxiety? Find out more in this episode of Rambling About Rivers.
In this episode, Jayne and Dan are joined by Alex Beasley, the Country Manager (UK, Ireland & Nordics) from Patagonia.
For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots activists working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. In this podcast, Alex speaks about why supporting the grassroots community is so important to the Patagonia brand. We learn more about the Patagonia's origin, as well as diving into more detail about their new platform, Action Works.
In this episode, Dan and Jayne are joined by Floris Boogard, Professor at Hanze University in the Netherlands and one of the founders of ClimateCafé. ClimateCafé is a global citizen science movement, intended to motivate the public to be a part of the solution to climate change. We speak about WaterCo-Governance (WaterCoG), the importance of involving young people in conversations about climate change, and hear more about some of the fantastic solutions ClimateCafé has generated thus far.
In this podcast, we join Jayne Mann (Marketing and Communications Manager at The Rivers Trust) and Dan Turner (Senior Project Officer at Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust) as they talk to Ella Foote, a Contributing Editor at Outdoor Swimmer Magazine and keen wild swimmer. During December, Ella completed her "Dip a Day" challenge in which she swam in a different river every day, asking the question "Are our rivers as bad as headlines suggest?". So far, her fundraiser has raised an incredible total of £1,195!
Thank you to the North Sea Region Interreg project, WaterCoG, for sponsoring this podcast.
Are our rivers being used as 'open sewers'? Tune into the second episode of Rambling about Rivers to find out!
In this episode, we join Jayne Mann (Marketing and Communications Manager at The Rivers Trust) and Dan Turner (Senior Project Officer at Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust) as they interview Karen Shackleton, Founding member of Ilkley Clean River Group. We find out more about what has happened to the river at Ilkley, and what is being done to revive it.
Is there still hope to bring our rivers back from the brink? Tune into the debut episode of Rambling about Rivers to find out!
In this episode, we join Jayne Mann (Marketing and Communications Manager at The Rivers Trust) and Dan Turner (Senior Project Officer at Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust) as they interview Alistair Maltby, Operations Director at The Rivers Trust. We find out more about The Rivers Trust movement, the threats facing our rivers, and how you can get involved.