Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and represent one of the most charismatic landscapes in Britain characterised by rolling limestone hills, dry stone walls and calcareous rivers.

    Agricultural land use is predominant but some gravel abstraction is undertaken. The resulting gravel pits have lead to the creation of the Cotswolds Water Park which includes a bathing water beach and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) lake and is a key area for water sports. Surface water quality is generally good. Most rivers have shown improvements over the last few years. However, phosphate concentrations are a concern on the Rivers Evenlode, Glyme and Ampney Brook.

    Much of the catchment experiences periodic low flows, which in some locations have been exacerbated by abstraction for public water supply. Previous investigations have resulted in reducing abstraction at a number of locations.

    Signal crayfish are now common in many rivers within the catchment. Further investigations are required to understand how their impacts on invertebrate communities may be affecting the likelihood of achieving good ecological status.

    This catchment partnership is being hosted by a range of hosts across the three sub-catchments:

    FWAG-SW have been collecting local information and evidence and have developed a local community action plan. Contact Jenny Phelps (FWAG SW) for more information: 01666 503668 (office) 07876 687272 (mobile)

    Information about monitoring and modelling methods used coming soon.

    Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and represent one of the most charismatic landscapes in Britain characterised by rolling limestone hills, dry stone walls and calcareous rivers.   
       Further details:
          Enquiries
    • Upper Thames
      • Jenny Phelps (FWAG southwest) -01666 503668 (office) 07876 687272 (mobile)
    • Evenlode (Oxfordshire)
    • Windrush Catchment Partnership
      • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 01865 775476

Thames Info

The Thames RBD covers an area of over 16,000 sq km from the source of the River Thames in Gloucestershire through London to the North Sea. Dominated by Greater London, the eastern and northern parts of the river basin district are heavily urbanised, whereas the area to the west of London has considerable areas of rural land. The Thames RBD is one of the driest in the UK, with rainfall levels below the national average, however the River Thames is an important water source, providing around two-thirds of London's drinking water. Even though it is one of the most densely populated and urbanised parts of the UK, agriculture remains one of the most important industries in the landscape. Farming varies from intensive fruit and vegetable farming to mechanised arable farming on chalk to dairy and beef farming on grassland.

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