New Forest Catchment Project

The New Forest  is a unique and special habitat.  It’s many streams, ponds and bogs, as well as the coastal saltmarshes, are among the most important habitats in Europe.

The New Forest Catchment Project – a partnership between the New Forest National Park Authority and the Freshwater Habitats Trust – is working alongside organisations and communities in the New Forest, to protect and improve the special freshwater habitats of the New Forest.

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The New Forest Catchment Project is working to protect and restore the freshwater and coastal habitat by tackling poor water quality and making the shape of streams more natural.  The project will exceed the minimum standard of the Water Framework Directive by working on ponds, small lakes, headwaters and mires which are not currently covered by the legislation, and to bring habitats up to high quality status wherever possible.  The project is working with local people and organisations to improve individual streams.

The project aims to:

  • Provide clean water habitats for wildlife.
  • Be based on evidence and assess ecological status above that set by the Water Framework Directive.
  • Bring together all interested people in the catchment to agree a plan of action.
  • Carry out monitoring to assess which measures have been effective.