Severn Vale

    The Severn Vale area includes many of the small rivers and brooks that drain into the lower River Severn or directly into the Severn estuary. The land is variable with mixed urban, agricultural and forested areas. The main urban areas include Gloucester, Cheltenham, Ledbury and Stroud. Arable land dominates the Leadon catchment, which suffers from poor water quality due to excessive quantities of silt and high levels of phosphate and nitrate. Extensive woodlands are present in the Forest of Dean, where there are also water quality problems associated with uncontrolled discharges from former mine workings. These are often acidic and contain metals and other harmful substances that can have significant ecological impacts.

    Abstraction within the catchment is mainly for public water supply and agriculture. Significant quantities are also used for power generation. The Cinderford and Glynch brooks are over abstracted and groundwater is used to enhance low flows in the Glynch Brook during summer months. Low flows are thought to be adversely affecting fish populations, particularly spawning and nursery areas, in some parts of the area.

    This catchment partnership is being hosted by the Severn Rivers Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

    Information about engagement methods coming soon.
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Severn Info

The Severn RBD is home to over 5.3 million people and covers an area of over 21,000 sq km with about one third of the area lying in Wales. The River Severn is the longest river in Britain and joins the rivers of South East Wales (including the Wye, Usk and Taff) and those of the counties of Avon and Somerset that drain into the Severn Estuary. The Severn RBD has several major urban centres, including Bristol, Cardiff and Coventry, but much of the landscape is rural in character, particularly within the Welsh Borders. It also contains many important habitat and wildlife areas and the Severn Estuary and its surrounding area are afforded a very high level of protection under European wildlife law for its bird populations, habitats and migratory fish species.


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