Presentation at the next Meeting Points
Thursday, 25th January 2018
Meeting starts at 10:00 am
at Harman’s Cross Village Hall
Question: How far should we go to save our rivers?
Answer: We need first to reflect on the very limited public access to attractive examples of our remaining high quality rivers. Perhaps, most critically, do people have sufficient personal involvement to demand more effective action to restore these damaged chalk rivers? Probably not.
As with many fragile wildlife havens open access could destroy what we come to see. The future well-being of chalk rivers will continue to rely on the dedicated determination of anglers and conservationists. With limited resources such groups focus their protection on the best river reaches, elsewhere the quality of rivers has declined in many aspects. Only greater public involvement and, ultimately, more financial resources will improve the wider situation.
In his talk Jon will cover in brief the River Laboratory ecological research activities of the Freshwater Biological Association and parallel studies by River Laboratory tenants: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Queen Mary University of London and Bournemouth University.
Jon Bass is a retired freshwater ecologist whose professional life was spent with the UK Natural Environment Research Council. He worked initially for the Freshwater Biological Association, then the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and latterly the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Jon's key interest is in freshwater invertebrates and he is a national expert on Blackflies (Simuliidae), which include important chalk stream species. He is also an expert on the nutrient dynamics of chalk streams. He served on the Biodiversity Steering Group for the White Clawed Crayfish and the Chalk Rivers Steering Group and operates river temperature loggers, liaising with agencies, other organisations and individuals interested in river temperature.
Jon represents the Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust at meetings of the Stour Catchment Initiative, also its Steering Group and the Dorset-wide Monitoring Group.