Impacts of our current dry weather on the Loddon Catchment

Have you noticed how dry it’s been this spring?

 

The Loddon catchment received below average rainfall over winter, and as a result our groundwaters weren’t topped up as much as we would expect. Following a dry April we are now starting to see our river flows falling below normal for the time of year, especially where the river is supported by groundwater. Although we have had some recent rain in May, it is likely that rivers will be very responsive to further dry weather.

We are trying to gather information about what is happening across the catchment, and would like your help in reporting impacts of dry weather - if you see a stream bed that’s dry, or is starting to pond, please let us know!

You can send a photo, along with the name of the watercourse, the date and location it was taken, and any other relevant information (such as a National Grid Reference or post code) to:

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If you see any other environmental impacts that may be caused by dry weather, such as fish in distress or blue/green algal blooms, please report it to our 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.