Rivers support life, they provide homes for some of the UK’s most endangered and celebrated wildlife such as water voles, otters and kingfishers. They supply drinking water, control flooding and are a much valued recreation source; from fishing to wild swimming. However, no river in England is classed as healthy, most suffer from over abstraction, pollution and biodiversity loss. Read the latest State of Our Rivers report.
East Mercia Rivers Trust (EMRT) is an independent charity formed in October 2022 following the merger of Welland Rivers Trust and Lincolnshire Rivers Trust (established 2011 and 2013 respectively).
The Kingdom of Mercia (from the Old English Mierce or Myrce, ‘People of the Marches or Boundaries’) was a state in the Midlands from the 6th century to the 10th century. Whilst its origins and history are obscure, at one time it became the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms with its boundaries expanding to occupy much of the south of England from the Humber.
During the ‘Golden Age of Mercia’ the state included Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland; the five counties where East Mercia Rivers Trust operates. Advocating the catchment-based approach EMRT focuses on the rivers Welland and Witham catchments, which encompasses over 120 watercourses and covers a 4680 km2 area.
Our Mission: Bringing rivers back to life for nature and communities
Works have just started on the ground to deliver the Kibworth and Smeeton Nature Project, a project that aims to create wetland habitat and improve the condition of the Langton Brook (Upper Welland), just south of the village of Smeeton… Read More »Kibworth and Smeeton Nature Project Takes off!