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River Wye

Meandering River Wye
Meandering River Wye making its way through lush green rural farmland in the warm early sunlight.

The beautiful River Wye forms part of our local Herefordshire landscape. It is ecologically important and also brings tourism and financial gain to our county.

For many of us a strong silent river runs by. It looks beautiful and has lived forever. The truth is that this great amenity river is slowly dying. Farmland runoff and sewage discharge are harming the river’s ecosystem.

Read our Manifesto to Save the Wye here. – Please share this with others and support us if you are able. We need to heighten the publicity of the river’s plight and put pressure on government agencies to take immediate remedial action. It is man’s pollution of our river that is the cause. Action is needed today.

Three years ago we joined forces with a group of organisations including Cardiff University, the Environment Agency, the Wye and Usk Foundation and Friends of the Upper Wye to create our Citizen Science Project to log weekly samples from the whole River Wye catchment area.  Around 400 volunteers provide data which shows that 72 -73% of phosphate pollution in the Wye Catchment comes from agriculture, more specifically from the vast concentration of intensive poultry units in the Wye Catchment. These large chicken farms (or IPUs) have resulted in thousands of tons of chicken litter (which is high in phosphate) being spread on farm land.

Find out about Wye Viz, our fantastic database showing all the results from our Citizen Science Project, HERE

The River Wye near Fownhope

River Wye in crisis

Agricultural pollution and sewage are harming the River Wye. We must act now to protect this tranquil beauty.

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The River Wye in 'pea soup' algal bloom conditions

Phosphate pollution

Phosphate pollution can cause excessive growth of algae, which can decrease the level of oxygen dissolved in river water.

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