Tame Valley Wetlands

Tame Valley Wetlands (credit Mike McFarlane)Tame Valley Wetlands (credit Mike McFarlane)

A wetland landscape rich in wildlife and accessible to all, throughout the Tame Valley

Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trusts

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In 2005, the Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership (TVWP) was established to help deliver landscape-scale conservation and restoration throughout a 95km² area of the Tame Valley between Birmingham and Tamworth.

The River Tame runs close to over one million people, but historical neglect and pollution has left the river with virtually no wildlife or recreational value.

This project will work with others to create and improve the habitats and create an important wildlife corridor through the West Midlands region, which would be valued by local people and visited as a key wildlife tourism destination in the UK.

Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane 

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What's happening?

By working with a range of partners, organisations, landowners and the local community the partnership will aim to:

  • Enhance the Tame Valley for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity, adopting a landscape-scale approach to conservation in order to protect habitats and species in a changing world affected by climate change, working to fulfil the Landscapes for Living vision.
  • Enhance the Tame Valley for the benefit of people, through education, engagement and the promotion of sustainable tourism and land management in order to improve social and economic wellbeing.
  • Integrate the TVWP Strategy into local, regional and national strategies and to promote the TVWP in order to raise the profile of, and secure continued funding for, the Tame Valley.
     

Start date: 2005

Scheme area: 1,850 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Kingsbury Water Park, Ladywalk Nature Reserve
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

This scheme is helping species including...

Snipe, bittern, otter, water vole, great crested newt, white-clawed crayfish, black poplar, migratory and wading birds

Current threats to the landscape

Habitat fragmentation, mismanagement, development, neglect, intensification of land use

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, improving access for people, providing recreational opportunities, encouraging green tourism, providing health benefits, providing employment opportunities, volunteering opportunities, skills training and environmental education

Partners

Natural England, Environment Agency, Canal and Rivers Trust, Severn Trent, local authorities, RSPB, West Midland Bird Club.

To find out more

Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk | Tel: 024 7630 2912 | Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership

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