1. Alien Invaders! Invasive Non Native Species can cause devastation by destabilising banks, outcompeting or predating native species and carrying diseases that our native species have no immunity to. Always Check Clean and Dry equipment and clothing that you use when moving between catchments.
  2. Tread lightly! Poaching of river banks by livestock increases sediment and chemical introduction to the water.
  3. Location, location, location! Manure piles should be placed away from rivers and streams to prevent run off of nutrients into the water, causing pollution.
  4. Buffer away! If crops are planted and harvested close to the river with no buffer zone then silt and chemicals can enter the water which negatively affects water quality and wildlife.
  5. Concrete jungles! Heavily modified rivers in towns do not offer much habitat value for wildlife and litter can build up under culverts and drain covers potentially causing flooding
  6. Thou shalt not pass! Weirs and physical alteration to rivers results in barriers which prevent fish from moving freely throughout a catchment. This limits the suitable habitat available to them and can lead to a decrease in populations of fish such as eels or salmon.
  7. The road to ruin! Urban diffuse pollution from road runoff can reach rivers and streams negatively affecting water quality and wildlife that lives there.
  8. Keep connected! Misconnected sinks, drains and appliances in both domestic and commercial properties can lead to pollution entering streams and rivers
    Anglian Water’s Pollution Watch
    Connect Right
  9. Bin it for good! Litter can easily blow into rivers if left on the ground. Anything that hasn’t been taken out of the river is now on its way to the sea - 80% marine litter comes from the land!
  10. Keep it Clear! If cooking oils, fats and greases aren’t disposed of properly they can block pipes and lead to sewage overflowing into rivers and the ocean. Always bin it! Never pour it down a sink!
  11. Litter kills! Litter from marine fishing industry and other sources can injure and kill wildlife if left in the environment.
  12. Plastic Soup! Yuk! Plastic pollution is a big issue in our oceans! It takes up to 450 years for plastic to break down! Once broken down into tiny pieces (microplastics) it persists in the environment and small fish eat it as it looks like plankton which they normally feed on. Tiny plastic microbeads found in toiletries and detergents pass freely from our sinks and showers into our rivers and out into our oceans. There are plans to ban this ingredient in products in the UK, until then make sure to only buy products with fruit stones and nut shells in instead.