Our River Wellbeing

wildlife conservation

Our River Wellbeing

Pike_Linda Pitkin

Become a River Guardian

Rivers are important features of our countryside and important for health and wellbeing. The River Dee needs protection from the threat of invasive non-native species. Find out how to join our unique task force of Volunteer River Guardians to survey, restore and protect our rivers.


Why are invasive non-native species a threat?

The damage caused by invasive non-native species (INNS) to our ecosystems is second only to that of habitat loss. Many INNS threaten the survival of native species; change the way our ecosystems function; impact our health and way of life; and cause long term irreversible damage to sensitive sites.

Why the River Dee?

The river Dee is an important river for many reasons. The main river and some of its lakes and tributaries are designated for the wildlife they support, including otters, salmon and floating water plantain.

What INNS are present on the River Dee?

On the River Dee we currently have many INNS, the ones which are causing us the most concern are:

Why should we worry about INNS?

INNS are a real threat to our wildlife and our way of life. Species such as Himalayan balsam, signal crayfish and Chinese mitten crab can cause significant increases in erosion and siltation of river beds, including gravel beds which are important for fish spawning.

Species such as giant hogweed are harmful to us and Japanese knotweed can have an impact on us financially.

What are we doing?

The Our River Wellbeing Project has been launched to bridge the gap between our health and wellbeing and that of our rivers. Water is vital to life and by ensuring our rivers and lakes are healthy can improve our own wellbeing. The projects Volunteer River Guardian Network is being developed to help people to be more involved with their local river ...

How can you get involved?

The Our River Wellbeing project relies on a team of dedicated volunteers to help us monitor and control INNS within the Dee catchment.

Become a volunteer


With such a large catchment to work in we are always looking for help with our annual monitoring. How much you do is your choice, from monitoring you own patch to joining us for annual surveys.

Volunteer with us


We are always looking for volunteers to join our dedicated team to assist us with the manual control of INNS. We offer the opportunity to access free training to those that get involved.

Become a volunteer

Volunteer River Guardian Network

Designed to help those facing social and economic difficulties, the Volunteer River Guardian network will be launched in 2019. For more details contact the Our River Well being team.

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