Search is on for the best wildlife rivers

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RIVER watchers in Northumberland have been invited to take part in a national search to find the country’s favourite waterways.

The Our Rivers campaign is calling on people to take part in a survey about the wildlife they encounter on their local river.

And the results will be used in its second annual awards to recognise the best rivers for spotting wildlife and the ones most treasured by people.

Last year, the River Wye was named the nation’s favourite river, with the Thames the least popular.

Jack Clarke, from the campaign, said: “Many of us have a river close to our homes where we love to walk, fish or simply sit and reflect and we’re hoping we can encourage this national army of river wildlife spotters to tell us what they have seen.

“We’re really looking forward to hearing which species people have seen in their area, but we are also asking what has changed and been lost. As well as encouraging people to enjoy their local river wildlife there is a serious and worrying message behind this.

“Much of our native river wildlife is threatened by rural and urban pollution, over abstraction, sewage discharges and invasive species.

“We need to raise awareness of these issues and put pressure on the Government to do something about them ahead of the publication of the upcoming Water White Paper. This document will set out how our Government cares for our river network and the wildlife that depends on it.”

To take part in the survey visit www.ourrivers.org.uk