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Get involved in the Big River Watch!


Big River Watch is an invitation for everyone to love their local river and be a part of the movement demanding better for them. Wherever you are, you can get involved.


By spending a little time watching your local river and completing a simple survey within the free Big River Watch app on the wildlife and pollution you see, you will contribute to a UK and Ireland-wide dataset that can be used to create and demand positive change.


The Big River Watch weekend will take place over the weekend of the 22nd-24th of September, coinciding with World Rivers Day on September 24th.


Get involved, reconnect with your local river, and be part of the movement working to restore our waterways with the Big River Watch.

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Download The Big River Watch app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

We would love to get as many people from across Essex and Suffolk involved as possible in this event!


Once you’ve finished your survey why not share a photo or video on social media to encourage others to join in too. Not up for a selfie? That’s okay we’d love to see a photo of your river too! Tell us your stories and facts, we want to know why your river is important to you! Please tag Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust (@EssexSuffolkRT) in your social media posts so that we can see them!

Why is Big River Watch needed?


Rivers are suffering from sewage, plastic, chemical and nutrient pollution. To change this, we need to know where our rivers are having the problems and which problems are the most prevalent. The free and open Big River Watch survey is your chance to make a difference. Data gathered during Big River Watch can support policy change; helping turn the tide on plastics or stem the flow of untreated sewage. It also helps identify the best places for river clean-ups, or the creation of things like wetlands.

Find out more about the Big River Watch on The Rivers Trust website

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