Below are some of the partnership projects as well as a number of existing issue-driven projects, carried out by various groups. These existing projects are valuable to the catchment partnership as we intend to find synergies within their schemes and assist them in developing potential future partnerships and collaborations.

Catchment Scale Initiatives
Sediment pathways

Reducing the amount of fine sediment entering river channels from roads, tracks and other pathways. There are two reports covering the Upper Avon click here for the WCSRT report on Deane Water, Woodborough Stream, Swan/Were and the UpperWylye. Click here for the APEM report covering the Upper Avon plus all tracks and road crossings. A summary spreadsheet showing all the site locations can be found here. Event held in partnership with Frontier Agri, as part of their Responsible Choices project, presentations are here: introduction, Sediment pathways, CPRE. The video showing the cost to a farm of diffuse pollution can be viewed here.

Septic Tanks Project

Raising awareness to reduce the environmental impacts of septic tanks and domestic cleaning products. The project produced a leaflet to be shared with householders not on mains sewage click here to see the leaflet. It also created a leaflet on phosphorous and where it comes from in the home, click here to see the phosphorous leaflet.

Catchment Invertebrate community analysis to identify specific pollution and habitat issues.

Research into payment for ecosystem services.

Non Native Invasive Species eradication programme.
Water Quality

Tackling diffuse pollution from agriculture.

Working with farmers at a sub catchment level near water sources to reduce diffuse pollution from nearby farmland

Riparian tree and hedgerow planting scheme providing multiple benefits on a catchment scale.
Water Quantity


Wetland Birds Scheme involving farmer-led initiatives to restore breeding wader birds numbers.

River Avon Restoration Project - The River Avon Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is failing to meet its environmental objectives under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Many reaches have been assessed as being in ‘unfavourable condition’ due to modifications of the channel or structures in the channel. 
The ‘Strategic Framework for the Restoration of the River Avon’ report (SFfRRA) was produced in 2009 to set out a future vision for the whole river system. This was jointly produced by a number of partners including Natural England, Wessex Water, the Wiltshire Fisheries Association and the Wessex Chalk Streams Project. A consultation involving a large number of stakeholders was also undertaken at that time. Works to restore the river have been ongoing for the last 4 years and the activities described in this plan are part of that ongoing programme.
The aim of this project is to restore river reaches to ‘favourable condition’ (where they are designated as an SSSI) and to ‘favourable conservation status’ (under the Water Framework Directive).
Click here for a map of the overall progress of the project to date. Click here for a map of the projects that are being worked on in 2016. You can view the River Avon Restoration Project directory here.

If you would like any more information please use the contact form under Get Involved.

Funding and research into habitat restoration.

Partnership project led by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to improve the ecological quality of the rivers across the Catchment by educating river owners, raising awareness with the wider public on river issues and deliver restoration projects.

Delivering habitat benefits for coarse fish on the lower Avon including a breeding programme for Roach.

New Forest Stream Restoration Projects.

Better Boundaries project. better-boundaries
Wider species and habitat

Farmland Birds Project helping farmers to create and maintain farmland bird habitat. 
Greenspaces and engagement

Looking into the management of the greenspaces around salisbury and their importance to the community.

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