Introduction to the catchment

 

Background

 

The Don catchment is a river catchment in the north of England.  It is, of course, drained by the river Don, which itself has several large tributaries.  The Don rises in the uplands in the west of the catchment, flowing 70 miles through increasingly urban and lowland areas, until it’s confluence with the Humber estuary.

 

The main urban areas within the Don catchment

Don catchment zoomed

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The location of the Don catchment in eastern England

Don catchment and surroundings

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Close-up of Sheffield, including Sheffield's five rivers.

Sheffield's rivers

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Sheffield is the largest conurbation within the catchment, with a population of around 555 000 people.

Sheffield is famously built around five rivers: the Don and its four main tributaries in this part of the catchment.  These are the rivers Loxley, Rivelin, Sheaf and Porter.