The Colne Catchment Action Network (ColneCAN) held their first annual conference in November 2018 at Annables Farm School in Harpenden, close to the headwaters of the River Ver.

The event showcased the latest projects delivered by our partners to improve the Colne Catchment, in line with the action network’s six aims.

The conference was attended by over 50 individuals from 28 different organisations from across the catchment and provided a fantastic oppertunity to network with new contacts, in addition to hearing about the inspirational work that has been undertaken to improve the river network over the past year.

If you didn't manage to attend the conference and are worried like you missed out, the presentations are available to download below:


Involve people with their local waterbodies

1. River Misbourne Enhancement Project - Julia Lofthouse (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust)

2. Watford in the Water - Sandy Belloni (Community Connection Projects CIC)

 Improve water quality

3. London Outfall Safari - Joe Pecorelli (Zoological Society of London)

4. Pollution monitoring and other CVFC applications - Tony Booker (Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative)

5. Pesticide reduction scheme in the upper Colne Catchment - Alister Leggatt (Affinity Water)

6. Pesticide reduction farm tour - Ian Piggott (Annables Farm School).

 Control invasive species

7. The Colne Floating Pennywort Project - Tom White (Groundwork South)

8. Biological Control for INNS - Suzi Wood (CABI)

 Improve wildlife corridors

9. The status of watervoles on the Colne - Martin Ketcher (Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust)

10. Keeping the carr wet: Restoration at Denham lock wood - Tony Wileman (London Wildlife Trust)

 Manage flow

11. River Chess Restoration Projects - Allen Beechy (Chilterns Chalk Stream Project)

12. Revitalising Rivers - Laurie Naish (EA) ane Melissa Ambrose (Affinity Water)

 Work together

13. Smarter Water Catchment - Helena Soteriou (Thames Water) and Paul Jennings (River Chess Association)

14. HLF Landscape Partnership Project - Deborah Valman (Groundwork South)

15. Working together in future - Rob Rees (Environment Agency)


 If you are interested in attending the ColneCAN Conference 2019, please contact ColneCAN host, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.