Week Fifteen

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This is the fifteenth set of home learning resources from Ribble Rivers Trust. Here you will find our Interactive Catchment Explorer, a Wildlife Fact file to tell you all about the Water vole and some word puzzles for you to solve. We hope that you are enjoying these resources, if you have any feedback please do let us know by emailing admin@ribbletrust.com.

We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the Ribble Catchment as we normally would. This is our way of bringing our educational topics to you at home so you can continue to learn all about rivers and wildlife.

Interactive Catchment Explorer

Have you seen our Interactive Catchment Explorer yet? This map is an interactive and engaging way to get a simple summary of the Ribble catchment’s health all in one place. If you have a particular interest in a certain sub-catchment or waterbody, you can click on the map to get information about any specific area(s) within the catchment.


From this page you can find:

? Photos taken within the area.
? Which other organisations we are working with to protect the Ribble catchment for wildlife and people.
? What problems rivers are facing and what Ribble Rivers Trust has done so far to address these problems and keep our rivers healthy.
? What features of interest you can find in the Ribble catchment, including designated sites for nature, geological features and historical features.
? The average health of rivers based on estimated fish numbers.
? What riverine and aquatic species have been recorded in the last five years, including both native and invasive non-native (or alien) species.

Do you live within the Ribble catchment? What can you find out about where you live?

Wildlife Fact file

This week’s Wildlife Fact file is about the Water vole. Read the fact file below or click to open the pdf.

Word Search


Follow the link above to complete the word search online. Can you find all ten river-related words?

If you would rather save it to do offline later, click on the image below to open the pdf.


Use the clues to work out the ten river-related words and fill in the crossword:

Or click on the image below to open a pdf to save and use later: