Tag Archives: water quality

Help Protect Our Rivers

The future of our rivers is far from secure, with many of them still impounded by historic channel modifications and polluted by effluent from sewage treatment works, misconnections, agricultural and road run-off. We continue to work with local groups, landowners, and other stakeholders to improve their lot in the Thame catchment and hope that everyone reading this will take a closer look at their local rivers and consider what actions they can take to protect them.

We have a range of on-line advice and information pages about what you can do to protect your rivers, for:

If you see what you think is a pollution event please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 to report it.

Farmer Profiles

Introducing farmers of the Thame catchment

Questions & Answers with land managers of the Thame

1: Phil White D’Oyleys Farm

Where and what do you farm?

D’Oyleys Farm is a 250 hectare mixed family farm, with grazing livestock and arable, based in the village of Stadhampton in South Oxfordshire. We have 70 suckler cows – a mixture of Beef Shorthorn and Angus, that we graze on our river meadows; these cows suit the farm and our low-input grazing system.  We also have about 300 ewes that we lamb in the spring.  We finish all the lambs on our herbal leys.  We have always produced traditional free-range turkeys at Christmas time and recently we have started rearing slow-grown pasture fed chickens all year round.  We grow milling wheat, along with barley, oats and peas. As well as the home farm we also rent some land and buildings at Rofford Farm.

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Don’t Give Up on Our Rivers

A partnership between The Rivers Trust and Surfers Against Sewage and the #EndSewagePollution Coalition, is asking politicians to stand up for rivers and bring an end to sewage pollution – and they want everyone to join them.

If successful, Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill will place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged directly into rivers or coastal waters. Companies would also be required to set out plans to reduce their reliance on combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and to publicly report on the amount, condition, and quality of sewage discharged from CSOs or other sewer catchment assets. In addition, the new law would compel the government to investigate possible further steps to be taken by stakeholders such as the Environment Agency to improve water quality more generally.

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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