Catchment Management


 Working with our partners to improve the health of our rivers -
The Catchment Based Approach

In the past, our rivers were managed by lots of different organisations who tended to work in isolation. Many of the organisations involved in managing our environment now realise the benefits of working together to tackle the issues affecting the health of our rivers. The Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust plays a key role in this more inclusive approach, also known as the Catchment Based Approach.

We work closely with our partners throughout the Wessex area to address the various challenges affecting our rivers to develop and undertake projects which focus on achieving multiple benefits for a variety of stakeholders.

The Test & Itchen Catchment Partnership

The locally led Test & Itchen Catchment Partnership has developed a strong history of collaborative working, helping to address many challenges which affect the health of these unique chalk streams.

The partnership formally came to together in 2012, building upon existing working relationships and partnership projects including the Itchen Navigation Project, Winnall Moors Restoration, and the locally led Bourne Rivulet and Upper Itchen Initiatives. Hosted by the Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the partnership brings together a wide range of sectors, enabling members to draw on each other’s expertise and local knowledge to discuss and develop plans to address key issues currently affecting the health of our rivers.

Many of our partners are actively involved in range of work which focuses on improving our natural environment, ranging from restoring degraded river habitat to deciding how we manage our drinking water resource.  

Partners include the Environment Agency, Natural England, Catchment Sensitive Farming, the Test & Itchen Association (angling), the Wild Trout Trust, Hampshire County Council, South Downs National Park Authority, National Farmers Union, the Watercress Growers Association, and Southern Water.

The partnership are committed to working together to achieve better outcomes for the Test & Itchen’s water environment, in line with our vision:

A healthy water environment which is valued and nurtured by residents, businesses and the wider community

Our Catchment Action Plan outlines the aims and objectives of the partnership, whilst also demonstrating what can be achieved through collaborative working. The plan is currently being updated to improve accessibility, interaction and up to date information on project plans and progress to me made available.

If you are interested in finding out more about what’s going on in the catchment, or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact our Catchment Partnership Manager, Alex Deacon at alex@wcsrt.org.uk.

The Hampshire Avon Catchment Partnership

The Hampshire Avon catchment consists of a varied mix of river habitats and landscapes, ranging from the internationally rare chalk streams in the north of the catchment, to the numerous little streams draining the New Forest in the south. Like many of the region’s chalk streams, the Avon and its tributaries have been shaped and influenced by a long history of human use and interaction, which continue to influence management of the river.

With this diversity in landscapes, usage and habitats comes a variety of issues and challenges associated with preserving and improving the health of the river environment. As a result, the partnership consists of a broad range of partners including Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts, Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, Wild Trout Trust, Wessex Water, Bournemouth Water, Environment Agency, Natural England, Wiltshire and Hampshire Councils, Cranbourne Chase AONB, Wiltshire Fishery Association, and the NFU.

As the host for the partnership, the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust facilitates and promotes collaborative working amongst stakeholders to ensure the needs and challenges they face are taken into account during the delivery of projects which ultimately aim to improve the health of our rivers.

The vision of the partnership is of healthy water bodies within the Hampshire Avon catchment which are valued and nurtured by residents, businesses and the wider community.

Our partners have a long history of working hard to restore previously degraded river habitats, address issues with water quality and increase environmentally friendly farming practices. However, many challenges remain, and efforts to address them continue!

Why not find out more about the catchment and what partners have been up to through the partnership’s online interactive catchment plan.

If you are interested in finding out more about what’s going on in the catchment, or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact our Catchment Partnership Manager, Alex Deacon at alex@wcsrt.org.uk, and follow us on Twitter.

The Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust also work with our local partners in the Dorset Stour, Isle of Wight, East Hampshire and New Forest catchments.  

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