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
Vital repairs for Alresford Eel House
The historic Eel House in Alresford has been fortified by crucial repair works, which were supported by a number of local donors…
Greywell Moors Wildlife Trust Reserve
Helen Macdonald, author of Vesper Flights visits Greywell Moors
Funding success for Watercress and Winterbournes
We are delighted to announce that our Landscape Partnership Scheme, Watercress and Winterbournes, has been awarded £1,937,800 by the…