Invasive species research – your help needed!

Dear readers,

I’m an ecology PhD student at the University of Leeds and as part of my research I’m investigating the impacts of aquatic invasive species in the UK. Animals such as North American signal crayfish, zebra mussels and killer shrimp and plants such as floating pennywort are spreading through our waterways having been accidentally introduced from other countries. Species such as these can cause serious damage to river banks and water pipes and are responsible for dramatic declines of our native flora and fauna.

In the absence of any other form of control, the only way we can reduce the impact of these invasive species as well as diseases that they may introduce, such as crayfish plague and koi herpevirus, is to ensure that we do all we can to prevent their further spread.  Disease organisms and invasive species in their smaller juvenile stages may be accidentally spread between waterbodies on boats, vehicles, clothing and fishing equipment. We are seeking your help to try and get a better understanding of current fishing practices so we can identify possible ways to prevent their spread.

We are therefore distributing questionnaires to anglers as well as canoeists and kayakers to find out more about the rivers that they are visiting and the kit that they are using at each site. This will enable us to see whether there are any areas where the risks from invasive species are likely to be greatest so that awareness campaigns and preventive measures can be targeted to those areas to prevent future outbreaks.

The questionnaire is here: I’d be very grateful if you could email the link to the questionnaire around your trust members. The questionnaire takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete and all answers are completely anonymous. Everyone who completes the survey is given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for AnglingDirect online tackle shop.

Please let me know if you’d be willing to help with this. If you require any further information from me, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

Lucy «email»

EU 'WATER' Conference – Wednesday, 27th June 2012


EU ‘WATER’ Conference – Wednesday, 27th June 2012

‘Payments for Ecosystem Services and Catchment Restoration’

Payments for Ecosystem Services are an increasingly topical mechanism for investing in the restoration of rivers catchments.  The WATER project was set up to investigate the role of wetted land within a catchment and identifying the assessment, techniques and economics of restoration.  This conference sets the two main objectives of the projects; firstly, a catchment portal that identifies the different brokers working across our rivers; and secondly, a series of guides aimed at setting up PES projects – The Upstream Thinking project is linked with the WATER project and is put under the microscope to showcase the processes involved in its creation, implementation and future.

For more information about the Conference (27th), Conference Dinner (27th) and Field Trip (28thand to reserve your place, no later than Monday 11th June, please follow this link to the DRAFT Conference Programme and Booking Form.

Kind Regards

Viv Daly

DM Event Services

On behalf of the Rivers Trust

This conference is in Devon at the Duckworth Suite, Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7AE

Woodland for Water

Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives

One of our trust’s long term objectives is to increase the woodland cover alongside the river. The website below has some very interesting research documents which set out how woodland can deliver environmental benefits to rivers; I haven’t attached the docs as they are a bit big. (they are a little too large for emailing but not for reading embedded or downloaded once you are sure they are worth reading)


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nb. they can be read here ((print size may be too small but you can get an idea of the content before choosing to download or not)) in the full post or downloaded (usually right click and save as)

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