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: 11/06/2014

    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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    Released: 07/08/2013

    On Wednesday 31st July we ran a free electro-fishing demonstration event in Cong Burn Woods. This wa...

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    Released: 15/07/2013

    Wear Rivers Trust has been working with local anglers and the Environment Agency to repair angling p...

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    Released: 15/07/2013

    Wear Rivers Trust, along with many other environmental and local groups and schools, will be taking ...

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    Released: 15/07/2013

    Follow the link to read a short article about the walkover surveys some of our volunteers have been ...

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    Released: 15/07/2013

    We are very happy to announce that we have funding to continue and expand our education work from no...

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    Released: 29/01/2013

    Click here to read a short Durham Times article highlighting our work with an engineer called Pao Fe...

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    Flood Warnings

    Check flood warnings for the River Wear here
    Register you 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 latest newsletter covering Winter 2013/2014 is available here!
    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

Riverfly Monitoring

To find out how healthy our rivers are we look for invertebrate indicator species.

Follow the link to the Riverfly results pages to see what our volunteers are finding. Get in touch if you want to join in!

›› Go to Riverfly results