We are delighted to be working with a range of brilliant individuals who are passionate about working to restore rivers to a healthy, natural and wild state for wildlife and communities. Scroll down to learn more about the River Ambassadors that have joined The Rivers Trust team.
Prof Alice Roberts
Alice is fascinated by human biology and history - and although these are often considered to be separate subjects, they are intertwined and inseparable. She originally trained as a doctor, but left surgery behind to become a university academic - teaching clinical anatomy to students and doctors, and researching human origins and disease in ancient bones. She has presented more than a hundred television documentaries, ranging across human biology, history and archaeology, including a series called Wild Swimming with Alice Roberts, which follows in the wake of Waterlog, by author Roger Deakin.
“I love wild swimming but I’m doing it less and less - the risk of getting ill is simply too high. And that pollution is bad news for wildlife too. Rivers are such an important part of the natural environment, and we clearly need to do more to reduce the negative impact we’re having on so many other species. That’s why I support the Rivers Trust - who do great work cleaning rivers, restoring wetlands and planting trees on riverbanks, as well as collecting important data on water quality and wildlife, and raising awareness of the need for healthy, natural rivers. Our rivers need us!"
Jack Perks is a professional wildlife cameraman obsessed with freshwater and its inhabitants, and a keen angler. Over the past 10 years he's worked all across the United Kingdom filming every species of freshwater fish, writing multiple books and magazine articles and filming for a range of TV programmes like Wild Isles, Springwatch and Countryfile to name a few.
"I’ve worked on and off with The Rivers Trust for many years and the work they do to improve river restoration, remove barriers to migration and add buffer zones along the riverbanks are all things I support and wish more rivers would have. Rivers are in a perilous state currently and in need of some real drastic changes if we are see to a positive change. Fish are so often forgotten and ignored in the greater landscape of natural history so something I’m working on with The Rivers Trust is to showcase what is lurking beneath our waters."
Imogen is an athlete passionate about sustainability, especially when it comes to the water she rows on. She is a current double World and European Champion rower in the lightweight double for Great Britain, a Toyko Olympian, and is preparing for the Paris Olympics. She recently graduated as a doctor from the University of Cambridge, where she learned to row.
"Water is integral to what I do every single day, whether it's a river to walk along and admire or somewhere to train and race. I have seen first hand the impacts of polluted water - rowing past floating fridges worrying they would put holes in my boat, and spending days sick with a stomach bug I picked up during a Tideway head. Conversely, the magic of sculling next to a seal is not one I will forget any time soon! I support The Rivers Trust to help conserve those magical moments for future generations, cleaning rivers and monitoring wildlife"