The 2023 Forum opened with a statement from Gail Taylor, Chair Vitacress Conservation Trust 2023 Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum “All good things must come to an end and certainly the Vitacress Conservation Trust has been a good thing, with much to celebrate and many...
The 2023 Forum opened with a statement from Gail Taylor, Chair
Vitacress Conservation Trust 2023 Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum
“All good things must come to an end and certainly the Vitacress Conservation Trust has been a good thing, with much to celebrate and many outstanding successes, but the Trustees feel that now is a good time to celebrate those achievements and bring the VCT to a glorious conclusion”.
So sadly, this was the last Chalk Stream Headwater’s Forum hosted by the Vitacress Conservation Trust. Gail went on to say “Since its inception in 2007- 16 years ago, with the first Forum- we have had a blast and achieved much. But I’d like to take you back to sixteen years ago and remind ourselves of where we were- chalk streams in a poor ecological condition- no change there I hear you say!, but in bringing together all of the stakeholders into one room to discuss their different perspectives and how they valued chalk streams, we were doing something truly novel and innovative. Before the days of River Trusts, Catchment Management Plans and Citizen Science- we were the change makers and many of you have been part of that journey-so thank you to everyone who has been there with us for the past 16 years- you have truly made a difference and we are grateful for each and every contribution”.
We would like to express our gratitude to Pete Shaw from the University of Southampton who stepped in at short notice to Chair the 2023 Forum. Our guest speakers this year were Tim Hess, Emeritus Professor Cranfield University talking about “Future Water Resources: The Changing Nature of Supply and Demand”, and Heather Smith, Water Sciences Institute Cranfield University who gave a presentation entitled “Providing Additional Water Supplies through Recycling (and public perceptions thereof)”.
Graham Roberts and Pete Shaw gave their usual updates on the Upper Itchen and Bourne Rivulet Initiatives respectively. Graham also spoke about the People’s Assembly for Nature—a new approach to the crisis for biodiversity and nature in the UK.
Jen Ball, University of Southampton updated on her project “Ecosystem Services in Chalk Streams” and Kieran Gething, Nottingham Trent University did likewise for his research “Recognising and Protecting the Aquatic-terrestrial Biodiversity of Dynamic River Ecosystems”.
Pete Shaw and Anna Michalopoulou, also from the University of Southampton, outlined two new PhD research projects entitled “Understanding processes and impacts of pollutants in nutrient-sensitive headwater chalk streams” and “Effects of Aquaculture on Water Quality in the Test and Itchen” respectively. Vitacress will fund these going forward.
Forum presentations available for download:
Future Water Resources: The Changing Nature of Supply and Demand Tim Hess, Emeritus Professor Cranfield University
Upper Itchen Activities and People’s Plan for Nature Graham Roberts, VCT Trustee
Bourne Rivulet Initiative and, new project – Understanding Processes and Impacts of Pollutants in Nutrient-Sensitive Headwater Chalk Streams Pete Shaw, University of Southampton
Effects of Aquaculture on Water Quality in the Test and Itchen Anna Michalopoulou, University of Southampton
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