River Thame Catchment Partnership

Working for a healthy river catchment, valued and enjoyed by local people.

The Thame Catchment Partnership (The Partnership) is jointly hosted by the River Thame Conservation Trust and Freshwater Habitats Trust. It was set up as part of the Government-supported initiative, The ‘Catchment Based Approach’, which seeks to support the objectives of the Water Framework Directive and nature conservation legislation and policies.

The Partnership

The partnership is an informal grouping of organisations and individuals working to protect and improve the freshwater environment in the River Thame catchment.

Catchment Hosts: Freshwater Habitats Trust & River Thame Conservation Trust

  • Environment Agency
  • Thames Water
  • Natural England
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Chilterns AONB
  • BBOWT (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust)
  • Upper Thames Fisheries Consultative
  • Local community groups and local residents including: Cuttle Brook Volunteers, Watlington Environment Group, Doug Kennedy, Nick Marriner

Partnership Remit

The Partnership seeks to protect and improve all freshwaters in the catchment, including the River Thame, tributaries, headwaters, floodplain, lakes, ponds and ditches. All these different habitats are important for freshwater wildlife due to the variety in habitat they offer and the network they created across the landscape.

Catchment Plan

The Thame Catchment Plan outlines the state of the catchment’s freshwater environment, key issues impacting it and partnership solutions to improve it for wildlife.

It is an interactive storymap so please use the tabs to access different sections and scroll through the content. Contained maps are interactive and often have pop-up boxes, so please play around with them to discover more about the catchment.

Please note: Some issues have been identified using the storymap software with Google Chrome. If you run into difficulties please try using another browsers (i.e. Firefox, Edge).

Please click here to view the catchment plan


Catchment Partnership Projects

2012 – ongoing, River Thame Catchment Project

Partners: River Thame Conservation Trust.

Habitat and water quality improvement works in the lower Thame area, focusing on the Baldon Brook, Denton Brook, Milton Ditch and Gainsbridge Brook catchments.

2017, Patsy Wood Funding for Habitat Creation (Oxfordshire)

Partners: River Thame Conservation Trust.

Habitat creation, including clean water pond and backwater creation to benefit freshwater life in the lower Thame area.

2017-2018, Arable Advice Project (Oxfordshire)

Partners: River Thame Conservation Trust.

Advice for farmers to help improve water quality and habitat for freshwater wildlife on arable farms.

2018 – 2020, Waddesdon Wetland

Partners: River Thame Conservation Trust, Waddesdon Estate.

Restoration of the River Thame floodplain through large scale wetland complex creation.

2018 – 2020, Important Freshwater Areas of the Thame Catchment

Partners: River Thame Conservation Trust.

Identification of the ‘Important Freshwater Areas’ (IFAs) for the Thame Catchment to underpin and inform future conservation efforts.