To support and drive conservation efforts, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, in collaboration with the River Thame Conservation Trust and Thames Water, conducted a comprehensive analysis to identify the Important Freshwater Areas (IFAs) within the River Thame Catchment.
These IFAs represent locations of significant regional or national importance for freshwater biodiversity. They serve as focal points for prioritizing protection, restoration, and expansion measures aimed at halting the decline in freshwater biodiversity.
The analysis primarily focused on a catchment-wide assessment, resulting in the identification of IFAs that hold local or catchment-level importance. Typically, IFAs consist of clusters of crucial freshwater habitats or areas exhibiting notable concentrations of Species of Conservation Concern (SOCCs) specific to freshwater environments.
Within the River Thame Catchment, a total of ten areas have been recognized as Important Freshwater Areas at the catchment scale, referred to as 'catchment IFAs.'
Additionally, four areas have been classified as potential Important Freshwater Areas (pIFAs). These pIFAs represent locations with limited available data, warranting further surveys and investigations that have the potential to elevate their status to full IFA recognition in the future.
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