The Wye catchment is teeming with wildlife!
Our richest wildlife habitats play an important role in river catchments. Many habitats are excellent at regulating water flow. Trees and hedges channel water deep underground preventing overland flow and run-off. Similarly widlflower meadows, moorland and bogs have a high organic content that holds onto water, helping to ensure healthy river flows during drought and protection from flooding when rainfall is high. By protecting these habitats we are protecting one of our most precious resources – water.
A living landscape from source to sea
The Wildlife Trusts have adopted the ‘living landscape’ approach to conservation which recognises that wildlife is not restricted to nature reserves but needs suitable habitats in surrounding landscapes too. Living landscapes are part of a wildlife friendly mosaic of farmland, amenity land and urban areas managed in such a way that benefits both people and wildlife. There are many living landscapes in the Wye catchment but here are just a few...