Wetlands & Floodplains

Restoring the functionality of the floodplain through innovative wetland creation projects is a strategic priority for the River Thame Conservation Trust due to the multitude of benefits such projects provide to nature and communities.

The historical management practices and interventions undertaken for land drainage, flood defense, milling, navigation, water supply, and amenity purposes have significantly impacted the physical integrity of our rivers and smaller watercourses. Unfortunately, these actions have unintentionally led to a decline in the ecological quality of our watercourses and the associated floodplain. This degradation has far-reaching consequences for the diverse range of plants and animals that rely on the riverine environment. In the floodplain of the Thame, there is a noticeable absence of surviving wetland habitats, likely influenced by historical river engineering.

Our wetland creation projects hold the potential to:

Restore Biodiversity:

By recreating wetland habitats, we can foster the return of a diverse array of plant and animal species, reviving the richness and vibrancy of the floodplain ecosystem.

Enhance Water Quality:

Wetlands act as natural filters, purifying water by trapping sediments and removing pollutants. Through our efforts, we can improve the quality of water flowing through the floodplain, benefiting both wildlife and human communities.

Mitigate Flood Risks:

Restoring the natural floodplain function of the Thame can help manage flood risks more effectively. Wetlands play a vital role in absorbing and storing excess water during heavy rainfall, reducing the likelihood of downstream flooding.

Improve Drought Resilience:

Creating more wet habitat in the landscape increases the resilience of ecosystems and the services they provide to the effects of extreme dry conditions including those exacerbated by climate change.

Provide Recreational Opportunities:

Revitalised wetland areas will offer opportunities for the local community to engage with nature, fostering environmental education, and providing spaces for recreational activities such as birdwatching, hiking, and nature appreciation.

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