The Windrush catchment is also hosted by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), with the support of the Environment Agency and The Rivers Trust. Judith Hartley is the Catchment Officer for the Windrush, Ray and Cherwell.
It is a sub-catchment of the much larger Cotswolds catchment, and includes, as well as the River Windrush, the River Leach and the River Thames from its confluence with the Leach at Lechlade-on-Thames to its confluence with the Evenlode at Cassington.
The Windrush catchment is full of character, with a number of projects currently working towards improving its value for people and wildlife. The catchment is divided between Gloucestershire in the west and Oxfordshire in the east, with the River Windrush flowing through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passing through the towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Witney, before joining the Thames at Newbridge.
The River Thames flows through the southern part of the Windrush catchment, and forms the southern boundary of BBOWT’s largest nature reserve, Chimney Meadows (also a National Nature Reserve). This reserve lies at the centre of BBOWT’s Upper Thames Living Landscape project, which aims to manage, restore and recreate floodplain habitats.