Kid watching river with binoculars

The Big River Watch

This autumn, we’re coming together for rivers to take part in our first Big River Watch and we want you to join us. Sign up to get updates about our campaign. 

This Autumn, we're launching The Big River Watch - to help build a picture of river health across the country. It's good for you, and good for our rivers.

In just 3 easy steps you will contribute to a national data set that will help us build a picture of river health across the country.

Step 1:
Sign up
Sign up and download the survey to your phone before visiting the site.

Step 2: Take part
Pick a riverside location between 22nd September - 24th September 2023 join others around the country in collecting data about the health of your local river. Spend just 15 minutes observing and then answer the questions on the survey.

Step 3:
Submit your survey! The data submitted will contribute to a national data set that will help us build a picture of river health across the country.

The Big River Watch is currently closed but if you would like to hear updates about the campaign, please sign up below.

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No, you do not need to be an existing volunteer with a local Rivers Trust or NGO

No, you do not need existing experience or knowledge on river health or river environments – in fact – we welcome people who don’t know much about rivers to participate.

Absolutely, you do not need to be a tech whizz, but you will need a smartphone that you can install apps on.

Yes, you will need to be able to visit a river in person.

i. a river is generally too wide for anyone to jump across (greater than 1.5m wide)

yes, please take a look at our health and safety pack here.

You could see a plethora of wildlife or perhaps none at all. Take a look at our nature lovers page to learn more about the wildlife found at rivers, or download our Wildlife Identification Guide.

See our privacy policy for the Big River Watch.

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