Our rivers and wetlands are home to some incredible wildlife, but it's under great pressure.
We're lucky to have stunning, wildlife-rich rivers flowing through the heart of our counties. These much-loved waterways are home to scurrying water vole, elusive otter, and darting dragonflies and damselflies, and a whole host of other species.
Rivers under threat
Pollution, water being taken for our drinking supplies, and changes to the ways rivers and land around them are managed are all having an impact. It's estimated that more than half of our freshwater species are now in decline.
Keeping rivers flowing for wildlife
We're pushing for new measures to:
- Keep our rivers clean and free from fertilisers, sediment and other pollutants
- Reduce the impacts of water taken from our rivers for our taps
- Restore habitats for wildlife along river banks
- Work with rivers and their floodplains to improve habitat for wildlife and protect lives and property
Winnall Moors nature reserve
Our Winnall Moors nature reserve has reduced the impact of flooding in Winchester. By allowing the water meadows to flood - using sluices and carriers to direct excess water into the meadows - we’ve dramatically reduced the speed by which flood water enters the city.
At the same time our conservation work has seen wildlife like otter, water vole and a host of bird life flourish at the reserve.
More on our work on rivers
Conserving Native Crayfish in Hampshire
The white-clawed crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes is the only species of crayfish that is native to the UK and it’s in trouble!
Adventures of our Trainee Ecologists
Hello - we’re Mariko, Dave and Becky, three new trainee ecologists based within the ecology team at HIWWT, and this is what we’ve been…
Cleaning up our rivers
Ali Morse, Water Policy & Catchment Technical Specialist, sets out why we need to think smarter about our wastewater