Know Your River

Stress in rivers is often hard to spot. Our chart will help you unpick what your river is telling you.

Learn what a healthy river and a stressed river look like. Use our chart to understand which signs are good and which are bad, by clicking on the picture circles below...

Take it outside! Have a quick peek or take some underwater photos of your favourite stretch of river, print the chart and see whether you match more pictures from the good side or the bad side.

Scientists can use a tool called a bathyscope to get a good look at a river bed
Scientists can use a tool called a bathyscope to get a good look at a river bed

My river matched pictures from the bad side and is showing signs of stress!

If you found any negative signs, click on the names of the stress types you found to learn more about where they come from and how they can disrupt river life.

Living Rivers

Under the right conditions, our rivers have an astounding ability to bounce back. It is up to us, (and you!) to find out what these conditions are and influence decision makers and river users to make sure we are meeting them.

Learn more about how we are helping UK rivers breathe