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 www.catchmentbasedapproach.org