Useful Links

  • Association of River Trusts
  • Environment Agency
  • RiverFly Partnership
  • Northumbrian Water
  • News

    To keep up with our recent activities click on the links below to find out more
    Released: 26/11/2015

    Please click here  to a story about East Durham College’s Houghall Campus Remberance...

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    Released: 17/11/2015

    Click here to view a recent news article regarding a proposed Heritage Lottery Bid to help restore t...

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    Released: 21/10/2015

    Click here to view a recent article regarding a Wear Rivers Volunteer day held with the team contruc...

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    Released: 18/08/2015

    Click here to read an article Wear Rivers Trust had published on BBC News  The article informs ...

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    Released: 05/08/2015

      Click here to read an article Wear Rivers Trust had published in the ChronicleLive. The arti...

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    Released: 05/08/2015

    Farmers in the Wear Catchment can learn about the benefits of managing their soils and water to bene...

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    Released: 27/04/2015

    Advice, guidance and financial contributions are being offered for schemes designed to save landowne...

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    Released: 12/05/2014

    Naturally in your Neighbourhood is an environmental awareness event to be held at the Hetton Centre,...

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    Released: 12/03/2014

    See what we've been up to over Winter 2013/2014 and find out what's in the pipeline for the Spring a...

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    Released: 10/01/2014

    The next stage of our River Deerness Restoration Project involves removing and replacing two dutch f...

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    Released: 12/12/2013

    If you are interested in becoming a Trustee with the Wear Rivers Trust and have the time and enthusi...

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    Released: 22/10/2013

    Hetton Comprehensive is one of the schools participating in our Riverfly for Schools project. Local ...

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    Released: 05/09/2013

    Click here to read an article Wear Rivers Trust had published in the Journal about how agricultural ...

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    Released: 02/09/2013

    For the first time this year we ran a series of summer events to demonstrate techniques we use to mo...

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    Released: 09/08/2013

    Last Friday, 02.08.2013, a friendly team from Peak Indicators' Newcastle office came and volunteered...

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    Flood Warnings

    Check flood warnings for the River Wear here
    Polygon essential guide to flood planning and preparation here
    American Red Cross plan and prepar for an emergancy please click here  
    Register your wildlife sightings with Wildwatch to help map and conserve species. It's particularly important to report invasive species that reduce the diversity of our native plants and animals. Go to the Wildwatch website
    Our River Wear: Visit to learn more about our river and how you can help take care of it!
    Catchment Change Management Hub: visit this website if you want to find out more about catchment management across the UK  


What we do

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Wear Rivers Trust is to conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the landscape and watercourses of the whole River Wear catchment, from the watershed to the estuarine and adjacent coastal areas, through involving individuals, local communities, government agencies and public bodies with proactive improvement works and monitoring, and by increasing awareness and understanding of the environmental factors that influence the river and its associated wildlife, whilst helping to promote the river as a recreational feature for the enjoyment of all.

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The Trust is a member of the The Rivers Trust (formerly The Association of River Trusts) and works with the local community throughout the catchment of the Wear from the source in Upper Weardale to the coast to conserve, protect, restore and improve the rivers and streams of the catchment.

A key aim of the Trust is to raise awareness of the value of the River Wear, including its flora, fauna, social and economic benefits, and to help people understand the need for conservation and restoration, as well as to promote exploration and enjoyment of this precious resource.

We would like to thank the following organisations who are supporting our current projects:                                            
Community Foundation Tyna & Wear              Northumbrian Water   Sir James Knott Trust          Environment Agency logo

Look out for future events on our web site

Invasive Species

Stop The Spread of invasive species by following the Check Clean Dry campaign!

The River Gaunless-for People and Wildlife project has launched a survey to find out local people’s experiences of the area and what they would like to see the project deliver.

To complete the survey click here.  The Survey runs from 16th Nov – 31st  Dec 2015.       

For further information about the project click here.