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 Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative meeting 21/07/2011

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PostSubject: Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative meeting 21/07/2011   Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:14 am

Got a late invite to attend the LFCC meeting last night and as part of this was a site visit to the Arborfield Flood Relief project.

The scheme was started as a result of the flooding in that part of the Loddon catchment, in 2007 it was severe like many other places. The initial remit was to create flood relief but deveoped into a fish and wildlife pass from excellent work by the EA fisheries team.

A few links:

http://www.cainbioengineering.co.uk/news.aspx?id=105

http://www.lfcc.org.uk/

The new bypass has only has water running through it a month and already looks like something that could have been there for years. Hats off to the EA, very impressive. I will try and find more info on it to read, This was the first time they had anyone outside of the great and the good at the EA visit and will arranging further site vsits, so will post up for anyone who wants to go.

Second part of the evening was the LFCC AGM and talks given by the Natural History museum on research in to the effect of Woody Debris in a river.

http://www.wildtrout.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=356&Itemid=209

http://www.lfcc.org.uk/environmental-issues/habitat-improvement/67-woody-debris-some-examples

http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/SC060065/MeasuresList/M5/M5T3.aspx?pagenum=2

Next was a talk on the flood impact of LWD, so the counter view.

Both of these are to trying prove if LWD and changes to river habitat actually make a difference long term. There will be results of the studies published in the Autumn, so guess we will find out.

Couple of points, the Loddon 40% and Blackwater 80% flows in part are created by clean water flow from sewage works.

There are varialbe levels of Phosphorus and studies are being done of the affects on fish and invertabrates. One mention was of monster Crayfish being a direct result.

Part of the restortation discussion was about the 'top down' impact of changes to any river. Where if a habitat is changes, predator fish may move, so smaller preadators become more dominant, so rolls on through the food chain affecting the biodiversity. This is of particular interest as maybe a case for Thames Hydropower and its long terms affects, that was my note.

The bottom line is any river or lake needs a 'mosaic' of habitats to enhance all wildlife and the EA are right at the forefront of this.

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