Oxfordshire has major rivers the Leach, Windrush, Evenlode, Glyme, Cherwell, Ray, Ock, and Thame and many smaller tributaries that flow through the county and into the Thames. Wild Rivers and streams in semi-natural landscapes are typically associated with complexes of wetland habitats including floodplain wetlands, fens, wet grassland, oxbow lakes, permanent and temporary ponds and wet woodland.
Through pilots the Environment Agency found that improvements to water quality was most effectively delivered by a local partnership, and that a river catchment was a good ecological unit to use. Each catchment has a host organisation whose role is to deliver wildlife and water benefits through bringing together partners, identifying work and finding funding.
For the last four years Wild Oxfordshire has worked in the Evenlode Catchment securing funds and developing a wide successful partnership of conservation bodies, farmers, commercial companies and statutory agencies.
Local Authorities might find this guidance useful – ‘Improving Water Quality’ Guidance for Local Authorities