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Wider World ADMIN July 29, 2013
The pool now includes photos about 1200 British rivers. There's a pool index For the index to find a photo, please include the correct RNB tag - check the index for the tag. The last time I checked Flickr no longer allowed the main index to be updated, so new river names can only be appended at the bottom.

Group Description

This pool welcomes photographs of named British rivers, rivers both large and small, down to the smallest brook.

Membership of this pool is open, so please join if you would like to add photos of named British rivers, or if you are interested in them. There is no restriction to the number of photos you can add, or of the river, although the overall hope is that the pool may provide a comprehensive survey of the rivers of Britain from spring to estuary and in all seasons. Smaller rivers not covered by their own pool are particularly encouraged.

Geo-tagging your pictures (placing them on the map) would be helpful, as would any information about where the river starts and where it finishes, what rivers run into it, etc.. There is an index of the rivers included in the pool, and for this to work a tag will be added to each photo of the form "RNB+name".

This group is not for lakes and ponds, or for artificial water courses such as canals, mill races, etc. ITEMS WHICH ARE NOT NAMED RIVERS IN BRITAIN will be removed.

Please provide details of the history of the name if available. The names of rivers in Britain tend to be simple words of ancient origin, changing little over the centuries, and providing links back to our distant ancestors. Some names may go back to the neolithic period. For these early people, the rivers determined settlement location, boundaries, and routes, provided food, timber, transport and security, and had magical, ritual and religious significance, A current theory on the original purpose of Stonehenge when it was constructed 4,500 years ago stresses its association with water sources which were traditionally imbued with healing properties" [The Independent, 1 April 2008].

Although ancient, British river names may not be all that original; Axe, Esk, Exe, and Usk all mean "water", while Arrow, Humber, and Tyne mean "river", as does Avon (indeed, the modern word in Welsh for river is Afon; whilst in Scots Gaelic it is Abhainn).

Particular challenges for this group will be rivers with more than one name, such as the Isis-Thames, Ouzel-Lovat, and Welsh Dee-Dyfrdwy, and the same name used for more than one river (Avon, Arrow, Dee, Derwent, Don, Esk, &c.).

Links to individual river threads - Ashop, Avon (Bristol), Bure, Cassley, Clyde, Conwy, Cray, De Lank, Etive, Nene, Nevis, Severn, Tas, Tay, Teme, Wensum

We look forward to seeing your photos!

Additional Info

  • This group doesn't care how many other groups a photo is in
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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