About us

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is a charity working to improve and protect the rivers and catchments of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse, and through connecting with communities, helping our rivers and wildlife to thrive.


Our project work addresses issues such as improving water quality, natural flood management, increasing biodiversity, controlling invasive non-native species, and engaging with communities through our education outreach.


Resources linked to our projects can be found here, including education resources, NFM Guidance and general information about the issues faced by our rivers, and what we can do to help.


From our award-winning flagship education project Rivers2U, to our work with universities, we are committed to connecting with people to engage with our river environments.

Natural Flood Management

Natural Flood Management (NFM) is the term used when we work with natural processes to reduce the risk of flooding, using a range of techniques to slow down or store flood waters.

Catchment Partnership

Healthy Rivers, Abundant Wildlife, Valued by Communities. Hosted by the YDRT, The Dales to Vale Rivers Network is the catchment partnership working to improve the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse, and Wharfe

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Our Rivers

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust cares for rivers in some of the most valuable and attractive landscapes of England and much of the area is included in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Trust covers an area of approximately 4854 Km² (1874 sq.miles) with five major rivers systems: Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse, and Wharfe. This gives us a total river length of 6690Km (4157 miles) of rivers to care for, with a range of environmental challenges to improve their ecological status.

Since 2019, our projects have enabled us to achieve:

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