There are 65 water bodies in total in the Tame, Anker and Mease (TAM) catchment. These comprise 47 Rivers, 14 canals and 4 lakes. The larger of these rivers include the River Tame, Rea, Cole, Bourne, Blythe (a Site of Special Scientific Interest – SSSI), Anker, Sence, Mease (SSSI and Special Area of Conservation – SAC), and the River Trent from its confluence with the River Tame to the River Dove.
The rivers within this catchment mainly pass through urban areas; including the southern part of Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich, Birmingham, Solihull, Nuneaton, Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent. Heavy industry has had a large influence on the water bodies in the area though this has declined over recent years.
It is a very urban catchment and during low flow periods, a large proportion of the river flow is made up of sewage treatment works discharges. By far the largest input comes from Minworth sewage treatment works which discharges treated effluent from Birmingham into the River Tame at Water Orton.
The whole catchment is a very important angling resource for the highly populated area it serves and more than eighty fishing clubs are based in the catchment.
TAM Catchment Partnership
This catchment partnership is hosted by Severn Trent and sub-catchment hosts are the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and the Trent Rivers Trust.
The Trent Rivers Trust hosts the River Mease Catchment Partnership. The River Mease is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its plant and fish species as well as providing a good example of a lowland river.
Working with a range of stakeholders, the current Partnership priority is to work more closely with the landowners, farmers and communities who farm, work and live near the river. To do this, the Partnership has delivered a number of events and has led a number of enhancement projects including a retrofitted SuDS scheme at Measham Leisure Centre and a number of river restoration interventions.