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New Forest Catchment Partnership

The New Forest contains many small rivers and streams which begin in boggy heathland mires, as well as small lakes, numerous ponds and coastal saltmarshes. These water bodies are some of the most important areas for wildlife in the UK and Europe.

We can help improve these areas for wildlife by addressing threats such as water quality, quantity and the naturalness of the channel in which the water runs.

The New Forest National Park Authority leads the New Forest Catchment Partnership with the Freshwater Habitats Trust. It involves working with local communities and organisations to identify opportunities to improve the health of streams, rivers and lakes.

The New Forest catchment is an area of separate, unconnected streams rather than a single river system. Because of this the partnership focusses on improvements for individual streams, working with local people and organisations to pull together coordinated plans of action.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the catchment partnership sign up for the newsletter here or to help deliver projects then please email

Map of New Forest Catchment Area pilot


Head of Environment and Rural Economy


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