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
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
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
This scheme is helping species including...
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
Natural England, Environment Agency, Canal and Rivers Trust, Severn Trent, local authorities, RSPB, West Midland Bird Club.