The Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership brings together organisations from across the catchment who have a common interest in improving the water environment of one of Britain's best examples of a classic river profile. Spanning the uplands to the lowland flood plain, the catchment includes several designated sites of international importance including the North York Moors and the River Derwent itself in its middle and lower reaches. Consequently, the Derwent catchment has some of the UK’s most beautiful and iconic landscapes teeming with rich and diverse wildlife.
The Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership's key aims are to improve water quality, biodiversity, water level management and community engagement with the river system whilst supporting the catchment's economy. The Partnership allows collaboration between different organisations on a wide range of projects to address these aims. Whilst ecological improvements are central to the Partnership its work has multiple benefits not just to the environment but to the communities that reside in the catchment.
What we are doing
The Partnership and its partners are involved with several projects across the catchment addressing a wide range of issues. These include, amongst others:
- The Derwent Villages Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project which will address water level management in the Vale of Pickering.
- Work to control Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) across the catchment benefitting native wildlife and improving water quality.
- The East Yorkshire Rivers Trust’s work on several watercourses to improve in-channel habitat and water quality.
- Lower Derwent Valley improvements at Wheldrake Ings.
How you can help
Volunteers are already getting involved with surveying for Invasive Non Native Plant species and there will be further opportunities on some of the other projects the Partnership is working on. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Funders and Partners
The Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership is jointly hosted by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and East Yorkshire Rivers Trust. Other partners are;
Environment Agency, Natural England, Forestry Commission, North York Moors National Park, Howardian Hills AONB, Internal Drainage Board, North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Scarborough Borough Council, National Farmers Union, Yorkshire Water, Country Land and Business Association, National Trust.
Whilst the Partnership receives funding from the EA through DEFRA’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) all partners contribute to driving forward the Partnership and realising its objectives.