The Evenlode catchment lies to the west of Oxford and is situated in the Northwest of the Thames River Basin. It lies partly within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (Cotswolds AONB), has several Conservation Target Areas (CTAs) and the Blenheim Palace World Heritage site.
The river habitat and fish populations in the Evenlode catchment are degraded through a combination of historical channel modification and pollution (sediment and phosphate) from waste water and rural areas. The combined impacts leave the catchment vulnerable to flooding and pollution and contribute to reduced water quality, biodiversity and fisheries interest.
The Evenlode Catchment Partnership, 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 help us achieve this vision we have developed several work strands which we are working on with a range of partners: River restoration (including WQ and NFM), the Evenlode Catchment laboratory, environmental monitoring, river education and citizen science. Click on the following images more information.
“Restoring our rivers and improving water quality is vital to reversing a decline in one of our most precious commodities, water ……… The Evenlode Catchment Partnership and Wild Oxfordshire were crucial in bringing together all the parties in what has been a hugely positive and rewarding experience for all involved. We look forward to working closely together on the next phases and seeing life come back to the Glyme.” Roy Cox – Estate Manager, Blenheim Palace.