Ecological study of the River Lambourn. Report for the period October 1973 to September 1977

University of Reading, Department of Zoology (1977) Ecological study of the River Lambourn. Report for the period October 1973 to September 1977. Reading, UK, University of Reading, 207pp.

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The investigations described in this report were carried out to fulfill three distinct but interrelated objectives. In 1973 the Thames Conservancy were making plans for a second stage of their groundwater scheme which would take water from the chalk aquifers in the valley of the Kennet and they wanted basic information on the ecological state of this river and its upper tributaries. Little appeared to be known about limestone streams and a preliminary study of one of the streams in this area was desirable as a basis for planning more detailed studies if these were needed later. At a progress meeting held in March 1976 the problems and opportunities presented by the developing drought conditions were considered. It was concluded that the ecological effects of the exceptionally low natural flows should be studied and that it would be important to assess the ecological impact of the groundwater scheme if it was brought into operation that year. This could only be done on the Lambourn and the Winterbourne and it was decided that considerable effort should be diverted there for this purpose and that the field observations should be extended to cover any recovery period after the end of the drought. To make this possible it was agreed that the studies of invertebrates and detritus on the Kennet should be reduced considerably and that the proposed study of the limestone stream should be abandoned. The revised objectives were as follows: A detailed ecological study of several sites on the Kennet and its tributaries above Kintbury, extending over at least two years and involving observations on wate r weeds , invertebrates, fish, detritus and the trophic relationships within the river community. Quantitativ e and qualitative sampling of water weeds and invertebrates during one year at a number of sites on several chalk streams to determine whether the patterns and relationships found in the Lambourn are also found at the other sites. Observations on the Lambourn at Bagnor were to continue for most of the period to look for long-term fluctuations and to enable these sites to act as controls with which the other sites could be compared. Further detailed studies on the Lambourn and the Winterbourne to assess the impact of low flows, trial pumping and the operation of the groundwater scheme.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Ecological study of the River Lambourn. Report for the period October 1973 to September 1977
Corporate Creator/Author: University of Reading, Department of Zoology
Number of Pages: 207
Date: 1977
Publisher: University of Reading
Place of Publication: Reading, UK
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chalk; Limnological surveys; Freshwater ecology; Invertebrate larvae; Macrophytes; Freshwater fish; Rivers; Pumping; Seasonal variations; England; Lambourn River
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 5093
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 19:26
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 20:41
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