The catchment of the River Soar covers an area of approximately 1,380km2, covering much of the county of Leicestershire, together with small areas of south Nottinghamshire and north east Warwickshire. It is one of the major tributaries of the River Trent and is a largely rural catchment, the main areas of population being Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray.
From its source, south east of Hinckley, the river follows a northerly course towards its confluence with the River Trent near Ratcliffe on Soar, south west of Nottingham. There are a number of important tributaries, including the Rivers Sence, Biam and Wreake and the Rothley, Black and Kingston Brooks.
The Grand Union Canal is a prominent feature of the catchment, joining the River Soar at Kings Lock in south Leicester. Thereafter, the canal and river are interwoven until they merge downstream of Loughborough to form a single, navigable watercourse flowing to the confluence with the River Trent.
More information about the issues in the catchment can be found at: environment.data.gov.uk
The Soar Catchment Partnership
The partnership works to tackle a range of issues across the catchment such as diffuse pollution, flood risk, rivers disconnected from their floodplains and lack of awareness about water more generally.
The vision for the Soar Catchment Partnership is a Catchment with a sustainable and diverse water environment benefitting people, the natural heritage and the economy of the local area. The catchment will be in good ecological condition with improved resilience to climate change, flooding and pollution events.
The membership of the Soar partnership is diverse ranging from Local Authorities, Statutory bodies, the voluntary sector and community groups.
The Catchment Partnership has a wide range of projects identified, many of which are already underway.
The Soar Catchment was one of 3 demonstration projects under the WaterLIFE Project. This work helped the partnership to examine the pressures and the data to help inform future work.
An online mapping platform of the Soar catchment is available to view HERE. These maps show a range of environmental issues that affect the Soar catchment as well as a map that shows where action is taking place to address some of them.
The Soar Catchment Management Plan March 2017 is now available. Please note, this plan is currently being updated, the revised version will be available shortly.