Bedford Ouse catchment
The Bedford Ouse catchment is predominately rural with Bedford as the major urban area. As it flows eastwards from Newport Pagnell to Roxton, the River Great Ouse is joined by the Chichley, Elstow, Harrowden, Cople, Sharn and Ravenstone Brooks. The River Great Ouse has ‘fresh water fish protection’ status. The area is particularly important for priority species such as the depressed river mussel. It’s also the Bedfordshire stronghold of the great crested newt. There is significant development growth around Bedford. The Forest of Marston Vale is an important regeneration project, creating a new landscape from the former brick making industry.