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Hoveton wetlands restoration project: zooplankton and phytoplankton survey

Goldsmith, B; Lambert, S; Hoare, D; Henderson, G; (2015) Hoveton wetlands restoration project: zooplankton and phytoplankton survey. (ECRC Research Report 163 ). UCL Environmental Change Research Centre: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Hoveton Great Broad and Hudson’s Bay form part of the Bure Marshes SSSI which itself is a component of the Broadland SPA and The Broads SAC. They also form part of the Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve (NNR). Currently both Broads are in ‘unfavourable’ condition with respect to Habitats Directive targets and fail to reach ‘good’ ecological status under WFD classifications. With recent improvements in the water quality within the River Bure, there now exists possibilities for restoration of these Broads by habitat management and biomanipulation to facilitate a shift back to clear-water, plant dominated conditions. Natural England is developing a restoration plan in partnership with the EA, to restore the broads by removing a significant proportion of the upper sediments from both sites in association with bio-manipulation of the fish community. The ultimate goal of biomanipulation is to significantly alter the zooplankton and phytoplankton community (through the reduction of predation on zooplankton). A crucial part of the management will therefore to monitor the populations of zooplankton and phytoplankton prior to any management work being implemented. These baseline data may then be used to assess the progress and impact of the management work once it is completed. To this end, ENSIS has been commissioned by Natural England to undertake zooplankton and phytoplankton monitoring on a monthly basis and enumerate all sample to the highest achievable taxomonic level. While on site, ENSIS was also able to collect additional samples of water for analysis by the Environment Agency and in situ measurements of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR).

Type: Report
Title: Hoveton wetlands restoration project: zooplankton and phytoplankton survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centr...
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114788
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