The River Mease meanders from Ashby de la Zouch westwards across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire where it meets the River Trent. Covering around 25km (16 miles) the River Mease represents one of the best examples of an unspoilt meandering lowland river, which supports characteristic habitats and species. It is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Despite its designation, the River Mease still suffers from poor habitats and water quality problems in some areas. However, over recent years a range of organisations have been working together as a partnership to coordinate and fund a variety of works to bring the river back into a good condition. There is now a wide range of works underway, and many more projects are planned. Please visit the ‘Activity’ section of this website to find out more.
Due to the range of habitats and species present within the catchment, careful thought is required by anyone when planning all enhancement works.