“The tender Evenlode that makes
Her meadows hush to hear the sound
Of waters mingling in the brakes,
And binds my heart to English ground.
A lovely river, all alone,
She lingers in the hills and holds
A hundred little towns of stone,
Forgotten in the western wolds.”
— Hilaire Belloc
The Evenlode Catchment Partnership (ECP), hosted by Wild Oxfordshire, has a vision for an Evenlode with improved water quality, enhanced flood management, enriched biodiversity, with greater community engagement with rivers, at local and landscape scales.
To achieve these goals the ECP has a £3 million budget (2020-2025) to deliver a range of catchment-based projects. Our projects offer a great opportunity for local communities and organisations to work together on schemes that deliver benefits for freshwater ecosystems and wildlife. We are fortunate in the Evenlode Catchment to have some excellent partners working with us on a wide range of initiatives. Projects can take several years to scope, develop, and deliver and we work closely with the Environment Agency throughout this process. We are always interested to hear from local people. Get in touch to discuss your ideas for future projects in the Evenlode Catchment. You can browse our current projects below.
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Are you an ecologist or environmental professional with experience of practical nature conservation and a flair for engagement with a wide range of audiences?
Why not come and work with the Evenlode Catchment Partnership, the exciting new pilot for the Thames Water Smarter Catchment Initiative. This is a highly varied role where you will work with Wild Oxfordshire’s, Ann Berkeley – ECP Project Manager – to inspire and empower partners, individuals, communities and organisations to enhance their environment by providing practical advice and extending the reach of our engagement, all the while helping to deliver the catchment plan.
River Evenlode Catchment Plan
We want to achieve our ambition of good ecological status across the whole catchment. To do this, we must reverse the degradation and fragmentation of our habitats and species, historic landscapes and freshwater bodies. The combined pressure of climate change and the rapid growth of rural settlements makes reaching this goal harder. To effectively tackle these issues and achieve our aims we have developed a long-term plan for the River Evenlode Catchment.