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River Thame Bird Atlas 2016-2020

by Nick Marriner (RTCT Trustee)

The River Thame flows for c.40 miles from its source North East of Aylesbury to Thame across into Oxfordshire until it meets the Thames at Dorchester. Its wider catchment covers 682km² bordered by the Chiltern escarpment to the south, Oxford to the east – a large area for a small organisation.

To help better understand some of the wildlife using the catchment, I set off with an ambition to produce a Bird Atlas to help the Trust answer some headline questions:

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Hunting Down Pollution Outfalls

In late spring/early summer a small group of volunteers were out carrying out
an Outfall Safari – a survey of the watercourses in Aylesbury to check for
pollution coming from misconnected plumbing. Misconnections include wrongly
connected plumbing from, for example, toilets or washing machines that goes
into the surface water drains (and therefore watercourses) instead of the foul
sewers to the sewage treatment works. These misconnections can have a
major cumulative impact on the watercourses, especially if the watercourse is

Remember, if you see pollution of any type entering our watercourses please
call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and also Thames Water on
0800 316 9800.

Read more top tips on how to protect our freshwater from household pollutants.

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Newsletter – Winter 19/20

We are pleased to welcome you to our Winter 19/20 newsletter! We hope you enjoy reading about what we and our partners have been up to recently. If you have any suggestions for our Spring newsletter then contact: enquiries@riverthame.org

The importance of the floodplain is often overlooked, but it is just as much a part of the river as the channel. After several years of dry summers and winters, the River Thame has topped its banks and reminded us this of its true extent, spilling out across the fields. Please enjoy the above slideshow of Martin Routledge’s photos of the river near Upper Winchendon.

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Aylesbury Outfall Safari – identifying polluting outfalls in our streams and rivers

Can you help to tackle pollution in the Bear Brook and the streams of Aylesbury?

Bear Brook, taken by Ian Parsons

What is an Outfall Safari?

The Outfall Safari method involves systematically surveying the entire length of a river/stream to identify and locate polluting outfalls. This allows the pollution to be reported to Thames Water and the Environment Agency so that it can be tackled.

You must  sign up to attend a training session if you want to take part. To find out more please see our website page.

 What’s involved?

We need the help of volunteers to walk lengths of stream in the Aylesbury area to locate polluting outfalls. Once located polluting outfalls are reported to Thames Water and the Environment Agency so that they can be tackled.

  • Attend a training session to learn how to identify and map polluting outfalls.
  • Walk your local streams to help protect them from pollution.

To sign up to the training event please visit: https://bit.ly/2V0SkhY