Ecclesbourne Valley Restoration Project

River Ecclesbourne in early summer, Kay Thompson River Ecclesbourne in early summer, Kay Thompson

The River Ecclesbourne is one of 25 river catchments in England included in a national project to trial a partnership approach to river catchment management. The County and District Councils, land owners, farming representatives, Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been working together to prepare a plan of action for the river.

The Ecclesbourne flows for around nine miles, disappearing underground in places, from the market town of Wirksworth until it meets the River Derwent near Duffield. It is popular with walkers who enjoy a stroll along its banks and with anglers who enjoy the appeal of the river’s brown trout population. The river supports a variety of wildlife including some important species such as white-clawed crayfish, mayflies, kingfishers and water voles, but it is facing challenges including pollution and weirs which prevent fish from migrating.

The partners have prepared an action plan for the river catchment to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive

Follow these links to find out about The Water Framework Directive and What we've been doing.

Visit the Environment Agency's website for more information.