Tame, Anker and Mease

The Tame, Anker and Mease is a large and distinctive catchment, home to a remarkably contrasting landscape. It is an area shaped by urban design and rural contrast.

In urban areas, the 95 km (59 mi) long Tame and its tributaries including the Cole and the Rea introduce pockets of nature into the West Midland’s urban centers. Weaving through Walsall, West Bromwich, Birmingham, Solihull, these rivers breathe life into the concrete jungle. The River Tame, for example, passes 1.7 million people before it joins the Trent at Alrewas, upstream of Burton. While the area has been encroached by urban development, it has retained some of its biodiversity – and its rivers, acting as corridors play a vital part.

The rivers near Nuneaton and Tamworth are still tributaries of the Tame but flow through a more rural landscape; these include the Blythe, Sence, Anker and Mease.

Despite the pressures, a lot of people enjoy and treasure the rivers in this catchment. More than eighty angling clubs are getting out to fish, whilst others enjoy the rivers on canoe, foot or paddleboard. As both urban and rural human impacts have been taking their toll, we’re on a mission to revitalise these waters. In urban areas, we remove concrete straight jackets and create green spaces that wildlife and people can enjoy. Rurally, we provide advice to farmers and develop projects that create habitats and reduce the impact of nutrients, phosphate in particular.

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Tame, Anker and Mease 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 clay river.

Working with a range of stakeholders, the current partnership priority is to deliver more restoration projects as well as work with others to reduce the levels of phosphate in the Mease. TRT works closely with farmers and landowners to develop and deliver schemes that deliver benefits to the river, whilst working alongside viable farming operations. To do this, the Partnership has delivered a events, led on farmer engagement and delivered a number of enhancement projects including the retrofitting of two SuDS schemes in Measham and a wide range of river restoration / nutrient trapping interventions.

We do have a dedicated website with more details of ongoing projects and information for landowners on what is happening with the River Mease Partnership, please use the link here.

Or you can find out more via the CaBA website, which provides a link to the CaBA website which has a dedicated page for the TAM partnership.

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