Nature – and in this case, the rivers – have been, and continue to be, incredibly supportive to our mental and physical health, please let us return that compliment and take care of their health too.
I have been a wild swimmer for over 30 years. The Wye is my office and playground, and possibly my best friend. I respect that office, adore that playground and cherish that best friend. For me the environment and wildlife go hand in hand. Wild swimming is promoted as being good for us – but what about the wonderful rivers we swim in? We should first and foremost prioritise protecting and respecting this ecological biodiversity which is home to so many species – the very things that are generously enabling our relaxation and recreation and improving our mental and physical health.