Soils in the UK are finally getting some much needed attention, though funded research, policy changes and the coming together of interested parties who are united in the drive to improve our understanding of this precious resource.
"People who take trips to bodies of water are more likely to go for longer walks or cycles, as well as swim, which helps lower their risk of developing chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But water can have other benefits too.
‘Blue spaces can directly reduce psychological stress and improve mood,’ said Dr White, who is also a lead researcher in BlueHealth, a project examining the relationship between this type of blue infrastructure and people’s health and wellbeing."
In 2014, the Freshwater Research Centre (FRC), in collaboration with CapeNature and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), embarked on a study to investigate the potential consequences of climate warming for the unique and threatened freshwater fishes of South Africa’s Western Cape.
In April 81 mm of rain fell across England, 45 per cent higher than the long-term average with eastern England getting most rain relative to usual patterns. This led to many rivers being much fuller than they usually are for the time of year.
However, in June just 15 mm of rain fell across the country - 75 per cent less than usual. The South East saw just three mm of rain throughout the whole of last month - 95 per cent down on the long-term average.
With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.
A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week found that around 40% of monitored rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters are currently in good ecological status, while only 38% are in good chemical status. 9% of natural rivers are classified as being in high ecological status. The most commonly reported pressure related to ecological status concerns hydromorphological pressures affecting over 40% of surface water bodies. The report includes important statements and conclusions supporting the WFD and recommends better implementation.
WTT Conservation Awards 2018 – Closing Date for Submissions Draws Near!
The WTT Conservation Awards 2018 seek to recognise river improvement projects at all scales, from the huge to the end-of-garden stuff; more information, including a simple application form HERE. We’ll follow your application with an informal phone discussion with our judges, before a special and great fun Awards’ evening in London on 17th October 2018.
EKLIPSE Call for Experts
EKLIPSE is inviting experts to join a working group to understand what is hampering the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services: