Ecological aspects of New Forest streams, draining one of Britain's unique areas

Langford, Terry (1996) Ecological aspects of New Forest streams, draining one of Britain's unique areas. Freshwater Forum, 6, pp. 2-38.

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Abstract

This article describes the streams of this unique area of Britain and reviews the published and some unpublished information that is currently available. None of the rivers in the New Forest are more than 30 km long. Many reaches have been artificially straightened, channelized and regraded since the 1840's. The stream waters are typically base-poor, with low nutrient concentrations. Primary productivity and standing crops of algae are predictably low when compared with other streams carrying higher concentrations of minerals and nutrients. The earliest records on the macroinvertebrate fauna go back to the late 19th Century. By 1940, over 20 species of Trichoptera and 10 species of Plecoptera had been recorded, but only four species of Ephemeroptera. Twenty species of fish occur in the streams of the New Forest of which the most common are brown trout, minnow, bullhead, stone loach, brook lamprey and eel.

Item Type: Article
Title: Ecological aspects of New Forest streams, draining one of Britain's unique areas
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Langford, Terry
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 6
Page Range: pp. 2-38
Date: 1996
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: historical account; inland water environment; lotic environment; England; Hampshire
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4569
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 12:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:13
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4569

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