The catchment includes the River Avon and its various tributaries. Coventry is the largest urban area in the catchment and other towns include Rugby, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham, Redditch and Tewkesbury. Agriculture accounts for a high proportion of the land use including arable, livestock, horticulture and market gardening and fruit and vegetable production around Evesham. The catchment has a high value for wildlife and there are a large number of designated sites.
The River Avon is navigable and a major resource for recreational activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing and walking. Water is abstracted primarily for public water supply, agriculture and industry. Water quality in the headwaters of the main tributaries is generally good. Elsewhere water quality problems are due to a mixture of the impact of sewage discharges, diffuse (urban and Agricultural) run off leading to nutrient enrichment and other pollution.
Warwickshire Avon Catchment Plan
Please see the links below for the Warwickshire Avon Catchment Plan and the Warwichshire Avon Delivery Action Plan. Warwickshire Avon Catchment Plan Delivery Action Plan for Catchment Partnership Plan
Warwickshire Avon Evidence Review
The Severn Rivers trust as part of the catchment Based approach mapped a variety of evidence to discover where land use projects would have most effect. Please Click the Link Below to see these maps. warwickshire_avon_evidence_review
Leam Partnership Project (2011-2015)
The main aim of the Leam Partnership Project is to improve the understanding amongst farmers of diffuse water pollution from agriculture, in particular its impact on biodiversity and the quality of water abstracted for drinking water. The partnership was formed in 2011 by Severn Trent Water, Natural England and the Severn Rivers Trust to tackle…
Leam Tree Planting Project (2013-)
Leam Catchment Tree Planting Project (2013-) The Leam catchment covers an area of 360km2 and includes five main waterbodies – the River Leam, River Itchen, River Stowe, and the Rains and Radford Brooks. Monitoring of the catchment’s waterbodies for the Water Framework Directive showed them to fail in several areas. The key issues preventing them…