The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership (TVWLP), was set up by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in 2005 with the vision of working in the Tame Valley Wetlands Living Landscape area (and now designated as a Nature Improvement Area) to ‘create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all’.
The TVWLP currently consists of 24 partner organisations (as of October 2018). It is led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and includes local and national organisations, across the public, private and charity sectors. Partner organisations include local groups and wildlife charities, Parish, Borough and County Councils and Defra agencies.
The Partnership is free to join and open to any organisation or local group that share our vision and would like to make a positive difference to the area for people, wildlife and heritage. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Partnership or helping us find more funding.
(in alphabetical order):
- Canal & River Trust
- Environment Agency
- Natural England
- North Warwickshire Borough Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
- Tamworth Borough Council
- Warwickshire County Council
- Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (lead partner)
Wider Partnership Members
(in alphabetical order):
- Angling Trust
- Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
- Community Environmental Trust
- Curdworth Parish Council
- Heart of England Community Foundation
- Lea Marston Parish Council
- Love Coleshill
- Middleton Hall Trust
- Middleton Parish Council
- North Warwickshire Volunteer Centre
- Severn Trent
- Staffordshire County Council
- West Midland Bird Club
- Woodland Trust
If we are to protect our natural environment for future generations, we need to work at a landscape scale, working closely with landowners, organisations and local communities. We are working with an even bigger picture in mind too, linking with Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), the Environment Agency’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) in the Tame, Anker, Mease Catchment and the wider Humber River Basin Management Plan and EU Water Framework Directive.
The work of the Partnership shows that conservation and enhancement of biodiversity can go hand-in-hand with social and economic regeneration. There is increasing public recognition of the wider benefits of naturally-functioning floodplains and their role in flood control, including enhanced protection for settlements downstream, the maintenance of a diverse and rich landscape, and the restoration and creation of lost wetland biodiversity. Wetlands also perform a key role in improving water quality, and their benefits reach even deeper – they provide a place for sensitive recreation and relaxation too, helping to improve our health and well-being.
By organisations, landowners and communities working together, the Partnership aims to enhance these ‘ecosystem services’ of the Tame Valley and increase habitat connectivity across Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Birmingham. This can be achieved by enhancing, restoring and creating new wetland habitat, which will enable wildlife to survive the impacts of natural and man-made events and adapt to the effects of climate change, with the ultimate vision of creating a wetland landscape rich in wildlife and accessible to all.