The Dove Catchment includes the River Dove, Churnet, Tean, Manifold and Hamps. The northern section of the catchment lies in the Peak District National Park and the river runs through spectacular limestone beauty spots including Dovedale, Ilam and the Manifold Valley.

The River Dove through Dovedale and sections of the Rivers Hamps and Manifold and the Hoo Brook in Butterton forms part of the Peak District Dales and Woodlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which is designated for populations of white-clawed crayfish, bullhead and lamprey.

The catchment supports abstraction for public water supply and commercial uses from reservoirs, surface and groundwater sources. In the upper reaches of the catchment, carboniferous limestone is quarried for use in the aggregates and cement industry.

There are numerous coarse trout and grayling fisheries. Juvenile salmon were introduced to the Dove and Churnet and adult salmon have now started to return to the River Dove from the North Sea, via the River Trent. Naturally spawned salmon were recently recorded in the River Dove.

Dove Catchment Partnership

The Trent Rivers Trust hosts the Dove Catchment Partnership. It has a Steering Group which all members can join and holds annual get-togethers for all partners. The partnership use available data to prioritise, design and assess the success of a variety of projects, using the Dove Catchment Mapping Portal

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 has been recently updated and is now available to download and read HERE

Whole of the Dove Day – our recent get-together for all our partners held on the 11th March 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.