Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust…


….Protecting & Enhancing Your Local Water Environment

Linda is on a sea trout run of her own……

We are lucky enough to have sea trout in both our rivers but this enigmatic species needs our help. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Linda, has decided to use lockdown 2 to get fit so has set herself a target of running up the Ouse and down the Adur, a total of 65.4 miles. Linda has never run anywhere before and is driven mainly by the desire to help our sea trout through raising money, but also the desire to justify eating more cheese.

Support Linda in supporting sea trout in the catchment by making a donation on our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ouse-adur-rivers-trust. Thanks for your support

Every £10 we raise could plant a tree, providing river shading which is vitally important to salmonids and every £50 raised could provide 5m of spawning habitat around the catchment. 

Our Work

We are a registered charity working to protect, restore and enhance the rivers, streams, estuaries and lakes within the catchment. Our roots are in the local area and we work closely with communities, business and partner organisations to educate and inform as well as deliver projects  focused on improving the environment for both wildlife and people. Take a more in-depth look at the work we do and the projects we deliver

Get Involved

Find out more about how you can support the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust. Whether you fancy joining our regular practical Task Force or helping in our citizen science water quality monitoring, assisting with events or walking the river to monitor sea trout there really is something for everyone. Or why not become a member of the Trust and support our work and projects whilst receiving regular newsletters and information on our activities. 

Know Your River

Our catchment covers parts of East & West Sussex, incorporating a diverse range of rivers, streams, brooks and lakes which flow through over 2,000 landholdings and both urban and rural environments. Despite their proximity, the two river corridors are different in character although the primary issues and concerns remain the same. So find out more about your rivers or why not get involved with our work.

We’re building a new River!



Since 2016 we have been working to deliver a flagship project, daylighting a 1km section of the Broadwater Brook in Worthing and installing measures to remove urban pollutants. Find out more about this project and its wide range of activities by clicking on the logo.


Natural Flood Management 

Since 2015 we have worked alongside community groups in Hassocks to install Natural Flood Management measures in both the urban centre and the surrounding landscape to slow the movement of surface water. This project has involved everyone, from schools to local residents, businesses and local authorities working in partnership to reduce the risk of localised flooding. It has shown that small, cost effective, measures can add up to make a big difference to communities and those that live in them. Find out more by watching our video.

Latest news

EPIC Project Year One

Our partnership project with the Sompting Estate Trust has certainly had a successful first year. We are delighted to have had nearly 1200 people get involved at activities and to have had 550 pupils interacting with the works. Why not find out how more and you can get involved with Enhancing Places, Inspiring Communities.

More Trees Planted

As part of our partnership with the Woodland Trust on the Trees for Trout project a team of 25 dedicated volunteers braved the wind and rain to get 1400 trees on the Dag Brook in Henfield. This takes our total number of trees planted to 21,000 over the past five years which will be providing shading and valuable in-stream habitat. 

A Book on the Rivers

OART chairman Hew Prendergast has published a new book on the Ouse & Uck – two fine rivers of central Sussex! Against a background of the historical role of the Ouse & Uck, this booklet describes current issues and sets out some of the activities underway to solve them. Cost: £7 (including p&p), email hew.prendergast@oart.org.uk. 

Keeping Rivers Healthy

Water is essential to all aspects of life, from eating and drinking to recreation and wildlife you can’t deny that rivers are a part of our lives as well as our landscape. We work to ensure these natural assets are looked after today and for future generations. Help us to protect your rivers.


funds a suite of water testing in our laboratory

funds 5m of gravel spawning beds for fish

funds a school visit to engage children with nature

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust

OART is a membership based organisation dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse and Adur including their tributaries, estuaries and still waters. 

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is a registered charity (No: 1082447) formed in 2011 from the amalgamation of two long-standing local organisations, the River Adur Conservation Society and Sussex Ouse Conservation Society.

Contact us at info@oart.org.uk


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