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The Test & Itchen Catchment drains approximately 1,760 square kilometres of land, in the county of Hampshire.

Both rivers rise from springs on the chalk downs at their respective sources near Ashe and Hinton Ampner, before flowing through predominantly rural parts of the county, until they reach a shared estuary in Southampton Water.
The Catchment is home to approximately 725,000 people with the main centres of the population being in Southampton, Andover, Winchester and Eastleigh.
It is largely a rural catchment and the majority of land, approximately 1,100 sq. km or 62% is used for farming.

Our Catchment Partnership

The Test & Itchen Catchment Partnership is co-hosted by the Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust (WCSRT) and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. A core group of key delivery organisations representing fishery and wildlife interests, farming and aquaculture, the water industry, local authorities and the government environmental bodies has been set up to direct and steer the Catchment Partnership.

Participation from communities and interest groups is crucial to the Catchment Based Approach, so the Catchment Partnership engages with a wide range of stakeholders by drawing upon the network of contacts of its constituent members. This enables local stakeholders to feed their views into the partnership and help deliver action on the ground. The partnership has already worked with a wide range of stakeholders including; local authorities, the watercress and fish farming industry, fisheries groups, riparian owners, land managers and farmers.

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