Lockdown River Resources

We know how much you love your rivers, and how much you’re missing them during this year’s lockdown. We’ve been regularly sharing inspiring river-related resources on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as through our e-newsletters, and our YouTube channel, but we wanted to compile them all in one place.

Here are all the podcasts, documentaries and music we’ve shared so far, grouped into different themes for if you’re keen to take action, relax, learn or be inspired.












1) Thames Estuary seal haul-out project – Help conservation scientists to understand how seals use a popular haul-out site in the Thames Estuary by IDing images

2) ispotnature – Upload your observations of wildlife, help others identify theirs, and share and discuss what you’ve seen

3) Opal’s National Citizen Science Surveys – Take part in surveys exploring soil, trees, air and water quality, invertebrates, and the importance of habitats for wildlife

4) Otter project – Monitor otter activity in Hampshire to better understand their movements and behaviour

5) Garden birdwatch – Keep a list of the different birds that you see in your garden over the course of a week











1) Rivers Trust: ‘Rambling about Rivers’ – Discussion of all things river-related, from the impact of climate change to river health

2) Global Goal Cast – Podcasts related to Sustainable Development Goal themes

3) Circle of Blue – Features journalists and scientists providing information about the world’s resource crises, focusing on water and its relationships to food, energy, and health

4) BBC The Forum – Discussion of the role of rivers in human history and whether they matter less today


Children’s Learning and Activities

1) Learn how to build a tiny twig raft. All you’ll need are scissors, string and natural materials like twigs, leaves or feathers!

2) Creekside centre has lots of activities you can do at home with different topics each week. Our favourite is Topic 4 – river features

3) Learn how to make a leaf animal using natural materials you can collect from your garden or local park

4) Puzzles related to learning where you can paddle, involving picture match-ups and wordsearches

5) Take a virtual look at spring wildflowers around Deptford

6) Learn all about pond habitats on BBC Bitesize (for KS1 children)

7) BBC Bitesize resources about rivers for KS2

8) BBC Bitesize resources about rivers for KS3











Four incredible films about rivers in Europe and the activists fighting to protect them.


Animal Webcams

Osprey in Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve

Birds at Langford Lakes

Birds at Brownsea Lagoon

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Puffins on Seal Island, Maine

Brown bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska

Cranes at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska

Tropical Reef Aquarium in California

Kelp forest in Anacapa Island – Channel Islands, California

Underwater salmon in Katmai National Park, Alaska

Osprey nest at the Loch of the Lowes, Scotland

Sea otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium



Thames21 river-related Spotify playlist