The Rivers Trusts.

“To all who loved, lived and worked beside rivers before I arrived, and to those who will come long after I am gone, we shall all meet one day at the rivers end”.  L.R.Fletcher


My name is Lee Fletcher and this is my site River Bank Tales where I tell a few watery stories whilst recounting some tales from the days when I used to be a poacher.  You will also find some useful information here, some of it mine and some of it from other linked sources as well.  My aim here is not to waffle on endlessly about myself, although you will receive a liberal dose of that particular medicine no doubt as you read through the present content and the much larger on going content to come.  My aim is to pass on what I have learned these many years whilst living as a countryman to hopefully inspire others to spend more time in watery places and our magnificent British countryside.

Our nations rivers in particular remain one of the last bastions of virtually untouched history that have been protected for thousands of years by their watery armour.  Rushing over rock, sand and gravel they are a national treasure of tremendous value because unlike almost every other national treasure, we would not be able to survive in the manner we do without rivers running through our land.  From mountain tops to the deepest valleys below, running water shines and glistens as it travels towards the sea  turning everything it touches lush and green.  Rivers and the land adjacent to them formed the earliest wildlife corridors known because way before man first wandered the earth animals and birds depended on the water that the rivers brought to them.  Indeed much is the same today and little has changed in regard to the wildlife that depend on rivers and streams for their survival.  In deep pools dark shapes glide through because many of our rivers are now teeming with fish.  This wasn’t always the case however in the days when mans only regard for our rivers was to use them as a dumping ground for their industrial waste.  Fortunately man has learned the error of his ways and a testament to this is the rivers and streams that are much cleaner now than they ever were since the birth of the Industrial Revolution.

So it is fitting that my home page, a gateway to my site and my passion for rivers, contain a comprehensive list of the many Rivers Trusts which have come into being all tasked with river conservation in mind.


Right across the United Kingdom there are The River Trusts set up who are working for rivers in their areas.  Many of these trusts have charity status which enables them to have charity credentials especially useful when seeking funding.  All of these trusts are represented by the single body known as “The Rivers Trust”.  If you would like to get involved in helping out on rivers in your area simply click on the trust nearest to you to get information on how you can help out.

Alternatively click here to go to the main Rivers Trust site.

Scotland has there own organisation called Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland or RAFTS.  Their member trust list are;

Once again click on any of the trusts for Scotland listed above to go to the RAFTS site for more information on individual trusts.  Alternatively click here to go to the RAFTS main site.