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Imagine a drop of rain falling in the Cambrian mountains starting a journey 135 miles long to the sea; it will babble past ancient woodland, descend over dams and watermill weirs, meander through water meadows past traditional orchards, draining fertile fields rearing stock and growing crops, gliding through riverside towns and villages, before reaching the mud flats of the Severn Estuary.
This is the journey of the River Wye. Entwined in the English and Welsh border it is home to many rare and precious flora and fauna, provides drinking water, and enables food production as well as supporting diverse tourism and recreation.
The Wye Catchment Partnership formed in 2014 to bring together organisations, initiatives and individuals who have a shared interest in the catchment. It facilitates collaborative working to deliver improvements across several key themes:
The partnership formed in 2014 as part of the Catchment Based Approach. It is hosted by the Wye & Usk Foundation and Natural Resources Wales
The partnership has a diverse membership with representatives from rivers trusts, wildlife trusts, governmental organisations, private forestry, farming unions, water companies, conservation trusts and local companies as well as interested individuals.