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 The River Severn - by Maisie, Rosa, Daniella, Beth & Sophie, aged 8 and 9

river-Severn-mapDid you know?

  • The River Severn is in the UK, at about 220 miles, it is usually considered to be the longest river in the UK.
  • It flows though the region of Powys in Wales, and the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucester in England. The Seven has the greatest water flow of any river in England or Wales.
  • It is used to power electricity, grow food and crops and for water in general.
  • The source of the River Severn is in Plynlimon (Wales) and the mouth of the river is in Severn Estuary.
  • The source of the River Severn is marked by a large pole carved with writing in both languages, English and Welsh.
  • The River Stour, River Vyrnwy, River Worfe, River Teme, River and Avon [Warwickshire Avon] are all tributaries of the Severn. 
  • Several large towns have developed from the original settlements on the banks of the Severn. These include: Newton, Welshpool, Shrewsbruy, Ironbridge, Stourport, Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
  • The River Seven is bridged in lots of places. Two of the bridges, the Severn Bridge and the Second Severn Crossing, link Wales and England by road.
  • Before the 16th Century, the Bristol Channel was know as the Severn seas.
  • The river is normally about twenty feet deep but can rise to over 50 during the Severn Bore.



severn-boreThe Severn Bore

The tidal bore on the Severn is well known, as it is one of the biggest in the world.  Where the river meets the sea at the Bristol Channal, the esturay is massive (over five miles wide) and when high tides flow into it, the tides can go twenty-five miles up the river!




 dragon-boatingHow do People use the River Severn?

Riding the Severn Bore, canoeing, kayaking, cruising, boating, dragon boating, elvering (fishing for baby eels), drinks for animals and hydro power.




sabrinaHow did the River Severn get its name?

According to some sources, the name Severn' is derived from Sabrina and is based on the mythical story of a nymph who is said to have drowned in the river called Sabrina.




About Rivers

All rivers follow a similar journey, they start at the source and end at the mouth or Delta where it reaches the sea or ocean.

upper-courseUpper course

The river begains at its souce high up in the mountains or hills.  to begin with the river does not have much power.  many small tributaries join it at confluences (meaning that it quickly gathers momentum) Although th eriver is shallow its speed means that it is powerful enough to erode rocks.  Often the rivers will have waterfalls in their upper course when their are layers of hard and soft rock. Overtime the waterfall becomes bigger and bigger.

middle-courseMiddle Course

In its middle course the river widens, deepens and travels more slowly.  becasue of the sediment that it is carrying, the river may look brown and murky.  At this point, the river flows through its flood plain (areas that are flooded when the river breaks its banks)

mouthLower Course

In its lower course the river is near its final destination, the sea or ocean!  During its lower course the river as at its widest and slowest.  The river now has less energy, therefore it drops the sediment that has been carried.  The fresh water of the river than starts to mix with the salty water from the sea.  Deltas and estuaries can form mudflats.  Mudflats can be important breeding grounds for wading birds and other wildlife.

River Glossary

Bank - A river bank is the land on the side of the river.

Bed - The river bed is the ground at the bottom of a river.

Basin -  The land water has to cross to reach a river. Then collects all available water from tributaries, creeles and steams in it’s area.

Canal - The canal is a waterway, it lets all tipes of boats to go across bourders or Countries.

Current - The strength and speed of the river.

Delta - A wide muddy or sandy area where some rivers meet.

Estuary - The Estuary is a part rock when soils fall in, it makes the river very murky and brown it is also a part where its flat and wide.

Erosion - A fast flowing river that can damage the riverbanks.

Flood plain - Flood plains make flood by the bank or forests.

Fresh water - Water that has not got salt in it.

Mouth - The end of a river.

Stream - A smaller version of a river.

Source - The end of a river.

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