River Wardens

The River Wardens scheme is Welland Rivers Trust’s flagship citizen science project – connecting communities back with their local water courses and collecting vital data to inform and support our restoration work across the catchment.

River Wardens conduct regular surveys for wildlife, water quality, invasive species and flooding. Becoming a River Warden is a great way to spend more time outside and learn more about the natural environment where you live!

River Wardens measuring nitrate concentrations on the West Glen River in Greatford.
It's a family affair for the River Wardens surveying the River Chater in Ketton!

River Wardens use EarthWatch’s FreshWater Watch kit to monitor turbidity, phosphate and nitrate concentrations and follow the Riverfly Partnership’s methodology to survey the riverbed for eight different aquatic invertebrates.

Anybody can become a River Warden – existing groups include schools, scouts groups, fishing clubs and local residents. Training and support is provided and the surveys take less than one hour to complete a few times a year.

We are now looking to recruit and train River Wardens in new areas of the Welland Catchment, with a particular focus on the Langton, Stonton and Medbourne brooks where there are currently no active groups.

If you would like to take part please contact us!

A River Wardens survey by kayak on the River Welland at Deeping St. James.

Funding for this project has kindly been provided by:

River Wardens are out and about surveying their local water courses at these locations:

Existing River Wardens can download extra copies of information found in their welcome pack here: