North Devon's Biosphere Reserve has gained funding from the Englands Catchment Restoration Fund to improve water quality and fish stocks in the Taw Catchment. The project was submitted by the North Devon Biosphere Partnership and is being led by Westcountry Rivers Trust.
The project is called the Taw River Improvement Proejct (TRIP). The £1.9M grant will be used to improve land management in the catchment through a wide partnership of land use advisers (North Devon Biosphere Service, West country Rivers Trust, FWAG, Devon Wildlife Trust,) and small capital grants over 3 years. This project is the perfect counterpart to the Nature Improvement Area on the Torridge Catchment. Phophates, riparian habitats and barriers to fish migration are the key failure reasons within the catchment. Interventions will include floodplain and buffer strip planting, farm waste water and nutrient management, removal of dams and weirs.