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.
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