Upper Severn

The Severn Uplands area is mainly in Wales, but roughly one fifth is in England. It is characterised by rural landscape and agricultural land use such as sheep, dairy and arable farming. The area falls within the Natural Resource Wales (NRW) Mid Wales Operational region and is home to the sources of both the river Severn and river Vyrnwy on the Plynlimon. Tributaries join the main rivers including the rivers Banwy, Tanat, Morda, Dulas, Clywedog, Trannon, Carno, Bechan Brook, Rhiw, Camlad, Rea Brook and Cound Brook.

The upper Severn is geographically and ecologically diverse with peat bogs of the Berwyn Mountains Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the north, Cambrian mountains in the West and the flatter floodplains of the Severn and Vyrnwy rivers. The area holds internationally important sites including Midland Meres and Mosses, and the Stiperstones and Hollies SACs. Of national importance is the Montford SSSI and the Shropshire Hills National Landscape in the south of the catchment.

For more information on the catchment partnership, visit the Catchment Based Approach website.

Projects in Upper Severn

Rea Brook Natural Flood Management Demonstrator

In progress

Severn Woodlands – Welshpool

In progress

Cain and Nant Alan Sustainable Management Scheme


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