Save The Ribble

A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Pictures from the Riverbank - and Robbie Ribble Colouring Competition

The Robbie Ribble Colouring Competition has seen a steady trickle of pictures coming in... it was hard to decide which were the best three as they were all GREAT!!! So thanks to all of you for sending them in!

The overall Winner is this fabulously bright and colourful one sent in by Laura S of Dublin - it also gets a special mention for coming so far!! Thanks Laura, it's great!

Our second Winner is Hattie B of Penwortham, a lovely picture - beautifully and carefully shaded - thanks Hattie!!!

And our Third Winner is a brightly-coloured picture with a very cross-looking Robbie Ribble from Charlie of Frenchwood - thanks Charlie!!!

And a Special Mention must go to our young friend "I" who has sent in another of those fabulous pictures - this one of the Seagulls on the gas pipes waiting for the tide to go out so they can have their lunch! Thanks "I"!!!

The adults have been sending in Ribble contributions too...

Bob has sent us some more of his fantastic photos of the Ribble.
Not only does Bob hop over the wall in Broadgate occasionally - as he has done since the 1950s - but he takes a picture from Penwortham Old Bridge on the first Tuesday of every month. This gives a remarkable record of the changes of the seasons alone, and, as all of the pictures he has taken so far this year happened to coincide with the tide being in, they show the different faces of the Ribble at high tide in different lights, moods, and seasons...

January 2nd 2007

February 2nd 2007

March 1st 2007

April 2nd 2007

May 1st 2007...

...and this one was also taken on May 1st, showing how silty the river's waters often are... thanks Bob!

Another local resident who takes photos of the Ribble in all seasons and all weathers is JB of Middleforth. This one makes an interesting comparison with Bob's picture taken in February as this is low tide in February taken from the same spot, the Ribble's waters blue and clear...

...and this one is April at low tide on a misty morning, the trees are still quite bare although a hint of greenery is definitely showing.

And this one is a view of Penwortham Old Bridge from further upstream on a cold and misty wintry day, also by JB.

Thanks for all your contributions: please keep sending them in to us at

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At 3:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this is awesome!!! I saw your commment you left on my page and how you emailed me and it was so great to receive an email from someone on the other side of the world however we are both endeavouring to do the same thing!!! Keep up the fantastic work and hope you'll be able to visit my blog and that of my fellow classmates soon!

At 7:40 pm, Blogger Reigh Belisama said...

Hi Michael,

Great to hear from you again! We see from your blog that you are making a huge effort in your campaign to find out about the pollution which is being discharged into your beautiful Hautapu River. Good Luck to you and all of your classmates! We will put a link to your blog on our blogs too. Email us anytime for advice or just to let us know how you are getting on.

Best wishes,


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