Dorset Wild Rivers is a major restoration project, led by Dorset Wildlife Trust with funding from Wessex Water and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and will focus on the Frome and Piddle Valleys and the chalk stream tributaries of the Stour, Allen, Tarrant and North Winterbornes. The Dorset Wild Rivers partnership will work with land owners, fishing groups and The Wild Trout Trust, restoring rivers for the benefit of fish and invertebrates, reducing agricultural run-off into the chalk streams and creating wetland habitats in the floodplains.
Disease often plagues the natural wildlife of our rivers and recent outbreaks of crayfish plague have caused concern. You can help prevent this disease from spreading by learning about the Crayfish Code.
We all need to think about using less water as every drop we use means less for the natural environment. Dorset has natural hidden underground water stores or 'aquifers' in the chalk that feed our rivers. These act like sponges, soaking up water over a long period and then feeding Dorset’s rivers, but they suffered from 2 years of low rainfall before the recent wet summer. Their water levels are still low so we are concerned for all the wildlife that depends on our river systems. Let’s all do what we can to take the pressure off our rivers.