Welcome to the BEACON website.

BEACON (Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation) is a group of people working towards controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species (INNS) and improving water quality within the Bollin catchment, which includes all the tributaries, meres, brooks and streams connected to the River Bollin such as the River Dean and Mobberley Brook.

The work of BEACON is done using a coordinated approach supported by a network of over 20 local partner organisations.  BEACON is part of Mersey Rivers Trust.

Local Action Groups that deal with invasive species can be found all over the country, and are co-ordinated by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (GB NNSS). More information about the GB NNSS can be found here.

Many local groups and trusts that work to improve water quality can also be found nationwide, and are supported through the Catchment Based Approach.  More information on this can be found here.

BEACON’s vision is:

To have a river catchment where our natural wildlife thrives. This will be achieved through surveys and monitoring, education, awareness raising and local action.

This means we will:

  • Improve the quality of the water bodies and associated habitats within the Bollin catchment area.
  • Protect the designated sites within the Bollin catchment area.
  • Engage with local communities and schools to raise awareness of invasive non-native species, and get people involved in the project.
  • Increase the number of people taking action to control non-native invasive species and improve water quality.
  • Engage with local landowners and farmers to raise their awareness of non-native invasive species and water pollution in the Bollin catchment, and how land management and farming can make a positive contribution to improving native habitats and water quality.

The map below shows the area that the BEACON project covers.


Bollin_catchment with designated areas

Click on the button below if you are interested in reading our Action Plan :

Download Action Plan