The New Forest has one of the best freshwater environments in the UK and is home to many of our rarest freshwater plants and animals. However it is still vulnerable to issues such as nutrient pollution. To tackle this threat we are trying to raise awareness of the issues and the step we can all take within the home to reduce diffuse pollution. Many steps are very simple and easy to do, such as maintaining septic tanks, and could make a big difference to the ponds, ditches and streams around Beaulieu. 
The Freshwater Habitats Trust have written this piece on behalf on the New Forest catchment Partnership. The partnership is a group of organisations that are working to protect and improve the outstanding freshwater environment of the New Forest. 
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