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  • What is the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership?

    Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership logoHow is the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership (BACP) Governed?

    The Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership is one of over 100 catchment partnerships across England to support the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA). The CaBA embeds collaborative working at a river catchment scale to deliver cross-cutting improvements to our water environments.



    The Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership (BACP) is supported by a Steering Group, please see below for more information. There are also various Project Task Groups who meet regularly to develop and deliver partnership projects from across the catchment. In 2018/19 the BACP is being co-hosted by Wessex Water and the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust ( BART).

    The governance structure of the BACP is currently being updated, a new Terms of Reference document will be posted to the website shortly.

    If you would like to know more about the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, please email:

    BACP Steering Group

    The BACP Steering Group meets quarterly to discuss partnership projects and issues around the catchment. The Steering group consists of 14 organisations:

    • Avon Wildlife Trust
    • Bath & North East Somerset Council
    • Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
    • Bristol City Council
    • Bristol Water
    • Environment Agency
    • Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group – South West
    • Natural England
    • North Somerset Council
    • South Gloucestershire Council
    • West of England Rural Network
    • Wessex Water
    • Wiltshire Council
    • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

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    Summary notes will be posted after every Steering Group meeting from 2019. If you have any enquiries or issues you would like to raise with the Steering Group, please contact:

    BACP Goals

    The partnership has agreed to support projects that help to deliver outcomes relating to our 7 goals:

    1.    Improve public understanding about the value and services provided to society and the local economy by the river catchment and its wildlife.

    2.    Improve water and flood risk management to reduce and slow run-off from rural and urban land, to increase water capture and to increase aquifer recharge.

    3.    Improve land management and sustainable agriculture to reduce soil erosion and nutrient and pesticide loss, and to provide better links between habitats for wildlife.

    4.    Improve waste water management to reduce nutrients in watercourses from public and private waste water.

    5.    Improve river management to increase connectivity between habitats, reduce barriers to fish migration.

    6.    Improve recreational management to increase access and recreational use of water and the wider environment, delivering wide ranging physical and mental health benefits.

    7.    Improve investment opportunities for partnership-led projects that deliver multiple benefits within the catchment.

    You can find more information about our goals and our agreed actions in our Catchment Plan.

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    The Challenges

    The following water-based issues have been identified as the highest priorities for the partnership:

    High phosphate levels associated with:

    • Treated sewage discharges and sewage overflows
    • Urban diffuse pollution including misconnections
    • Agricultural/sediment run-off.

    High sediment loading associated with:

    •  Rapid run-off from agricultural land.

    Flooding associated with rapid run-off from:

    • Compacted rural land
    • Urban hard surfaces.

    Low river flows associated with:

    • Abstraction for water supply
    • Poor upstream water retention and aquifer recharge.

    Reduced natural habitat and wildlife associated with:

    • Poor riparian habitat
    • Highly modified channels
    • In-stream barriers to prevent fish migrating
    • Increase of Invasive non-native species.

    Climate change

    An overarching pressure as more extreme weather may result in more flooding and droughts within the catchment.

    Contact Us

    To contact the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership please email:

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