Welcome to the South Devon Catchments Partnership


Bringing people together

for clean water and a healthy environment

for the benefit of everyone

As part of the national Catchment Based Approach movement, we are a partnership made up of groups, organisations and individuals across South Devon who work together to ensure our rivers and estuaries are healthy and full of life, now and in the future.

You can find out more and get involved by emailing anna@wrt.org.uk.

Sign up to our mailing list to find out about upcoming partnership meetings by emailing anna@wrt.org.uk.

Or explore the links below to get involved with improving the environment in South Devon…

Be a citizen scientist

…with Westcountry Rivers Trust!

WRT wants everyone to take a closer look at your local rivers, streams and lakes. Whether you like spotting wildlife, or are concerned about pollution, this could be the opportunity for you.

Make a difference in the Avon Valley

…with Devon Wildlife Trust & South Devon Nature Trust!

Habitat management advice, meadow restoration, dormouse surveys, Riverfly monitoring – Your Valley Needs You!

Become a River Keeper

You might have spotted this initiative on our interactive map! The project is all about connecting with and cherishing our rivers, and is starting on the River Dart. Its a work in progress at the moment, but you can read more on the Bioregional Learning Centre’s website.

Our principles as a partnership are to be…


  • Supporting local initiatives
  • Working at the most local level we can, widening our scope only when this will improve outcomes for the environment


  • Bringing together all those with a passion for our rivers and environment
  • Being community-led, and supporting bottom-up approaches
  • Building trust and confidence, between partners and between the partnership and the wider community, by working openly and honestly


  • Avoiding duplication and bureaucracy through effective communication and collaboration
  • Promoting the exchange of knowledge and good practice, at a local level and with other Catchment Partnerships
  • Building skills, knowledge and capacity within our communities and stakeholder groups, to sustain the catchment-based approach in the long term

We do all this by convening 3 groups:

Working group – taking a leading role in the partnership and the development of the action plan

Active group – involved in carrying out work on the ground

Informed group – on our mailing list to keep informed about initiatives, with a view to future involvement

Email anna@wrt.org.uk to find out more and get involved.

Visit our resources page to see our partnership documents and to find useful resources for partners.