We are part of The Meon Valley Partnership which aims to work together, and with others, to protect and enhance the environment in the Meon Valley.
The River Meon
The River Meon is a small chalk stream in East Hampshire. It flows 31km from its source on the chalk Downs at East Meon to the Solent at Hill Head. The catchment is predominantly rural, with urban areas close to the coast.
The river is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and also flows through Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Recent surveys show that the River Meon supports a generally healthy and diverse ecology and fish population.
Aims of the Partnership
We are part of the Meon Valley Partnership, along with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Winchester City Council, South Downs Joint Committee and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.
This means we can work more effectively with other groups in the catchment to make real improvements on the ground and promote consistent messages to the local community. The partnership started in 2008 and one of the first activities was to hold a workshop to get the views of local people. 82 people attended and their feedback was used to help define the aims and objectives of the partnership.
The programme of actions centres around four themes:
- Practical action on the ground – for example, removal of non-native plants (such as Giant Hogweed and New Zealand pygmyweed) and non- native animals (such as mink). The partnership is also involved in river restoration, such as the recent work at Midlington, near Droxford.
- Land and river owner liaison – helping land owners to manage their land with the environment in mind
- Education and information – getting involved with local schools to inform children about the importance of the environment they live in. The partnership also publishes a regular newsletter which is on their website.
- Long term strategy and monitoring – carrying out long-term ecological monitoring and analysing the data to help identify anything which could affect the ecology of the River Meon.
We recently commissioned two reports to look at the ecological health of the river and the impact of structures on fish passage. We have included a summary of these reports in the River Meon factsheet.
If you would like to know more about the work of the partnership or want to get involved, you can visit the partnership website:
If you have any further queries about our work, send an e-mail to:
or phone the Environment Planning Team (Solent and South Downs Area) on 0370 8506506.