Major survey on rivers wants your views

WHICH river in East Sussex is the best for spotting water voles? Does the county have a hotspot for kingfishers?

A major new public survey launched today at is aiming to answer these questions by asking people in East Sussex to provide information about the wildlife they encounter on their local river.

The results will be used in the second annual awards from the Our Rivers campaign, led by WWF-UK, RSPB, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association.

The awards will include the best rivers in England and Wales for spotting wildlife and the county whose rivers are most treasured by local people.

Last year thousands of people took part in the first public awards carried out by the Our Rivers campaign to find the nation’s favourite river.

The River Wye won the public poll, while the River Thames was highlighted as people’s least favourite waterway.

Jack Clarke, from the Our Rivers campaign, said: “We’re really looking forward to hearing which species people have seen in their area, but we are also asking what has changed and been lost. As well as encouraging people to enjoy their local river wildlife there is also serious, and worrying, message behind this.

“Much of our native river wildlife is threatened by rural and urban pollution, over abstraction, sewage discharges and invasive species