About Us

The River Thame Conservation Trust is a grassroots charity that operates in Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire that was formed in 2012 by a group of individuals who were passionate, but concerned about the seemingly declining state of the River Thame. From their growing concern they began to put in place the foundations of the trust that we know today with the aim of restoring the river to its former state.

Photo by Doug Kennedy

RTCT has built on the motivation that galvanised those first volunteers to become a registered charity with a very small team of paid staff supported by a strong group of local trustees and an ever-growing band of active and engaged local people who volunteer on a range of tasks across the catchment.

Our mission

We aim to work with local people in rural and urban parts of our catchment – volunteers, farmers and landowners – to improve biodiversity of the River Thame and its surrounding freshwaters and to improve public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the river catchment and its wildlife.

A river catchment with healthy fresh waters and wildlife, valued and enjoyed by local people, resilient for the future

How are we going to achieve this?

  • Increase our understanding of the freshwater habitats and species of the Thame catchment and monitor changes in them
  • Improve biodiversity by practical habitat works on the ground
  • Improve water quality through engagement with farmers, the community and water companies
  • Improve knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the freshwater environment of the River Thame catchment and increase its recognition in local planning frameworks

Always looking at the bigger picture

We believe wholeheartedly in a Catchment Based Approach to maintain and improve not just the river Thame but all freshwaters within is catchment; including streams, ditches and ponds.

We are a member of the Rivers Trusts which is a national movement to protect rivers across the UK and share best practice

We continue to build links across the whole of our catchment and at a wider local and national level, but intend to continue to grow from a sound base of local support.