River Mease - Special Area of Conservation

Learn more about the river

Welcome to the River Mease Partnership website.

The River Mease is an important lowland clay river  in the Midlands of England. It flows through the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire before it reaches the Trent between Lichfield and Burton upon Trent.

In this website you will find lots of information about this special river, and the work that is going on to enhance and protect it for future generations. There are lots of different organisations and people involved.

Despite its special status as a designated river for nature conservation, the condition of the habitats along its length has suffered over recent years. The biodiversity value of the Mease has been damaged by

  • Development and housing;
  • Wastewater
  • Urban and agricultural runoff.
  • Habitat modification.

The species and habitats are under threat from pollution and poor water quality mainly due to high phosphorus levels and drainage works. There is a lot of work being delivered by farmers, local authorities and others to improve the status of the River Mease and its catchment. Click on the links on this website to find out more.