The Worcestershire Middle Severn catchment is predominantly rural, but contains significant urban areas including parts of Telford, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Kidderminster and Worcester. As well as the River Severn itself, the main watercourses are the rivers Worfe, Stour and Salwarpe which are subject to unsustainable levels of abstraction at low flows. The area has many water dependent sites protected for their biodiversity and designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. There are also a number of Special Areas of Conservation.
The catchment is incredibly diverse in character. To the west is mostly rural in nature including the Wyre Forest and the eastern boundary of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the east is the industrial heartland of the Black Country and at either end are the urban areas of Telford and Worcester. And with a World Heritage Site in the form of Ironbridge, this sub-catchment of the Severn is incredibly important for our history as well as our natural world.
River Stour Catchment Restoration Project
A partnership between the Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) and the Environment Agency (EA) in Worcestershire and the Black Country has enabled the formation of a conservation project within the River Stour catchment. The River Stour is a semi-urban, semi-rural catchment linking Clent Hills, the Black Country, Staffordshire and North Worcestershire via 26 miles of watercourse…
River Worfe Habitat Improvement Project
The River Worfe Habitat Improvement Project (HIP) 2017-18 follows on from the River Worfe Catchment Restoration Project 2012-15 (http://severnriverstrust.com/projects/river-worfe-catchment-restoration-project/), that was solely funded through DEFRA’s Catchment Restoration Fund (CRF) at a cost of £1.253m. This project implemented works within the River Worfe catchment to improve water quality and increase the ecological statuses of the waterbodies…
Worcestershire Middle Severn Catchment Management Plan
The Worcestershire Middle Severn partnership have comprised a Catchment Management Plan which will be updated annually. Please see this years plan below: Worcs Mid Severn Catchment Plan Final
Unlocking the Severn
If the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge was the heart of the Industrial Revolution, then the River Severn was the principal artery. However, as with all arteries they can get clogged. During the C19th navigation weirs were constructed to power the Revolution, but these choked the natural heritage of the UK’s longest river. This resulted in…
Worcestershire Middle Severn 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. worcestershire-middle-severn-evidence-review
The River Worfe Catchment Restoration Project
The River Worfe Catchment Restoration Project was funded through DEFRAs Catchment Restoration Fund (CRF), with the aim to improve the 9 waterbodies that comprise the catchment to a better Ecological Status. The project was over at the end of March 2015 along with many other CRF projects across the country. It was a challenging project…