The River Beane - historic, rare and precious

Welcome to the website of the River Beane Catchment Partnership, and the home of the Beane Catchment Management Plan.  Our Catchment Plan will improve the river for wildlife and for people. It will also help us to meet the UK's obligations under the Water Framework Directive.

Latest news for the River Beane

The River Beane Catchment Partnership meeting was held on 7th October 2019, in Watton-at-Stone. Read more...

Urgent: this consultation closes on Friday 11 Ocober.

Defra are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in measures for reducing personal water consumption. This is the chance to have your say. Read more...

On 11 July 2019, Affinity Water, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the River Beane Restoration Association jointly hosted an event at Woodhall Park which explored how good soil management can help our struggling chalk streams, and how partnership working can deliver effective improvements to the river environment. Read more...

At the start of April 2017 Affinity Water reduced the amount of water they take from the environment by eighteen million litres per day (18Ml/d) at one of their pumping stations near Watton-at-Stone. The particular pumping station linked to the River Beane has been used since the 1950s, and it is expected that reducing the abstractions will benefit flows in the chalk stream and surrounding environment.

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Themes and objectives

Theme: FlowFlow - getting more water back into the river.

Theme: QualityImproving the water quality, habitats and wildlife.

Theme: PeopleHelping people appreciate and get the most out of the river.

Theme: MonitoringMeasuring the river's ecological status and monitoring its health.

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