The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

An introduction to the YDRT

The Rivers Trust movement developed from a perceived need for local involvement in river management and restoration. Research shows that river processes, water quality and ecology have been in decline for many decades. River Trusts work at a  grassroots level in order to reverse these declines for the benefit of everybody.

A Registered Charity

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust was established as a Registered Charity in 2004 in order to provide a concerted and holistic approach to the protection and enhancement of the rivers and catchments of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse. These rivers flow through some of the UK’s most distinctive and precious landscapes. The landscapes themselves are home to some very special flora and fauna but also to a way of living and working with the land that can be traced back across many centuries.

Engaging Local Communities

A major driver for founding the Trust was the lack of effort towards engaging local communities, farmers and landowners in conservation and restoration. This was seen a prime barrier to cooperation and thus for improving the condition of the Dales catchments. Without these partnerships conservation and restoration had been piecemeal, inefficient and poorly supported.

Improving our Rivers

Over the next decade, the Trust will deliver a real improvement to the rivers, floodplains and hills of this very special part of England. If you are interested in what we do, please find further information on these web pages. We would particularly welcome your support as a member or in terms of possible projects to be explored, and we very much hope to hear from you soon.

Our Principles

Three founding principles of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Using the Best Science Available

From inception the Trust formed the principle that all decisions & work would be based on the best science available. Yet scientific knowledge can be fallible and so direct relationships with landowners is again needed in order to corroborate findings developed using remote methods. The science has to be viewed as a guiding hand rather than an absolute.

Beginning in the Uplands

A second founding principle was that restoration measures would begin in the uplands before moving downstream. This was for pragmatic reasons. Work carried out to restore a section of river can be diminished if upstream processes deliver pollutants, or other stressors, to the section.

Working at Catchment Scale

The final principle that directs the trust is that research will be at the catchment scale moving investigation towards smaller scales as and when the need arises.

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