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Title: Macrophyte status of the Rivers Test and Itchen - Hampshire : summary report - October 1998
Author: Environment Agency Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
The Rivers Test and Itchen are acknowledged as two of the finest chalk streams in the UK and have subsequently been notified as Riverine Sites o f Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by English Nature. This conservation status is afforded to less than 30 rivers in England and Wales. The River Itchen is also one of only 8 candidate Special Areas of Conservation (cSAC) in formal recognition of its importance at a European level. A key aspect upon which this latter designation rests is the aquatic plant communities, frequently dominated by Ranunculus (water crowfoot species), which are typical of this chalk river habitat. In this light the Environment Agency (EA) are acutely aware o f the need to ensure that these rivers are maintained at a favourable conservation status. As national Contact for Chalk rivers the Agency is also charged with special responsibility for stimulating action to achieve conservation targets outlined in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Worthing
Subject Keywords: Chalk streamsMacrophytesPlant populationBiological surveysEcological abundanceFlow rateAlgae
Geographic Keywords: Test and Itchen catchmentItchen (Hampshire)Test (river, Hampshire)Hampshire
Extent: 18
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