About the WCSRT

The Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust (WCSRT) is a charity (Reg No:1130991) formed in 2010 by a group of organisations with an interest in protecting the fragile and globally important chalk-based ecosystems of the rivers of the Wessex region.
The UK is home to around 85% of the world’s chalk-streams and the Trust’s catchments of the Dorset Stour in the west, the Avon, the Test, the Itchen and the Meon in the east, contain many of the most iconic examples of this rare and important habitat.
Following the successful example of other Rivers Trusts like the West Country Rivers Trust and the Eden Rivers Trust, the WCSRT uses a catchment based approach to analyse the growing pressures on these watercourses resulting from agricultural, industrial and transport based pollution, along with increased abstraction thanks to higher demand for housing and industry in the area. It uses this research to encourage effective measures that reduce the impact of these pressures on the quality and quantity of water in the region’s rivers. It is our belief that this catchment wide focus on improving water quality is the best way to ensure all the many unique species of flora and fauna that inhabit these ecosystems survive and thrive. Everything from the waving green tresses of Water Crowfoot to the elegant Southern Damsel Fly, the charming, busy, Water Vole, the mysterious Brook Lamprey, the wily native Brown Trout and the muscular Atlantic salmon, will prosper if only there is an abundance of fresh clean water.
The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees and has a six-strong team of full-time and part-time employees, namely a director, two catchment officers, a project manager, an education officer and an administrator.
Our partners include:
  • Environment Agency 
  • Natural England
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
  • Test and Itchen Association
  • Wiltshire Fishery Association
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