The Dove Catchment includes the iconic River Dove, the River Churnet, River Tean, River Manifold and River Hamps and the Henmore Brook. There are many small tributaries close to villages in the lower reaches.

The Dove is an important tributary of the River Trent. The river itself is 72km in length.  The Dove forms the county boundary between Staffordshire in the west and Derbyshire in the east. The upper catchment forms part of the Peak District National Park. The catchment area is 1020km square. Farming is the dominant land use across the catchment, mostly pastoral in the upper catchment, with more arable land in the lower reaches. The catchment supports abstraction for public water supply from reservoirs, surface and groundwater sources. The key issues across the catchment are linked to diffuse pollution from agriculture, barriers to fish migration and threats to habitats and species.  There are significant deposits of aggregate minerals – sands and gravels, along the Lower Dove, some are already being extracted with other sites being planned. The main towns are Leek, Ashbourne and Uttoxeter.

Dove Catchment Partnership

The Trent Rivers Trust hosts the Dove Catchment Partnership. It has a Steering Group which guides and oversees the work of the partnership.  The partnership use available data to prioritise, design and assess the success of a variety of projects, using the Dove Catchment Mapping Portal (The portal is under review, and a updated mapping site will be available later on in 2021).

The catchment has been divided into four sub-catchments: Upper Dove, Lower Dove, River Churnet and River Tean. Each one has its own character, issues and series of priorities and projects.

Removing or overcoming barriers to the movement of fish, reducing the amount of soil, fertilisers and chemicals reaching the water courses from rural sources and improving river habitat are priority actions for the Catchment Partnership. Find out more about the Dove CP at

The Dove Catchment Plan is now available to download and read HERE

Read all about what’s been happening in the Dove Catchment in our SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Whole of the Dove Day – an event for partners and stakeholders was held on the 11th March 2020 was a great success with over 60 delegates from a range of different organisations. Here is the agenda and below are some of the presentations from our guest speakers:

Adrian Rochford – TRT Tittesworth Catchment;

Andrew Farmer – SWPLP Upstream Thinking;

Ann Cantrell Farmer Facilitation;

Ashley Dean CWT Slowing the Flow;

Denstone Meadow – Sue;

Nick Mott – SWT Crayfish in Crisis;

Tim Brooks – EA Catchment Based Approach;

Tim Jacklin – Wild Trout Trust;

Tina Bardill – TRT Dove Catchment;

Tom Morgan – EA Dove Barbel Study;

Nicola Lynes – TTTV Support Staffs

Why not find find out what the Dove Catchment Partnership has achieved by reading our SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER. And also our latest SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER