• Landscape image of a boat and river flowing to the sea surrounded by trees

    Estuaries, explained

    Among some of the most productive and delicate ecosystems in the world, estuaries are of great importance to people and wildlife. Many of the largest…

  • Wolvercote Mill Stream designated as poor for third year running, but improvements on the way

    Wolvercote Mill Stream at Port Meadow, one of only two “designated bathing status” rivers in the UK, has been rated “Poor” and advice against swimming…

  • Understanding the names of some of England’s most iconic rivers

    Besides the River Thames, London’s most iconic river, there are many other waterways, big and small, that cut through England and form important blue corridors….

  • Welcome to Thames21

    We reconnect people to nature by helping them enjoy, protect and enhance their local rivers.

    Whether it’s the Thames or one of its many tributaries, we offer inspiring ways for communities to get down to their local riverbank.

    Rivers, canals and stretches of open water are the perfect antidote to urban living – which is one of the reasons thousands of volunteers help us rewild and protect them every year.

    Our aim is to rebuild the relationship between communities and their rivers; restoring river health and boosting wellbeing and community cohesion in the process.

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