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Title: Fisheries of the middle and lower Wylye and factors affecting their performance
Author: J. Solomon
Document Type: Monograph
The second phase of the "Upper Hampshire Avon Groundwater Study looked in detail at the impact of groundwater abstraction on the River Wylye. During the conduct of the study it became clear that the most dramatic impacts on flows were taking place in the upper reaches and tributaries. The main focus of the ecological and fisheries studies was therefore on these reaches. It was only when the groundwater modelling was completed that it became apparent that flows in the middle and lower reaches of the Wylye were also significantly impacted. This, coupled with the recent poor performance of fisheries throughout the river suggested that this area represented a significant gap in the environmental coverage of the Halcrow investigation. The overall aim of this study have therefore been to describe the Wylye fisheries from Norton Bavant to Wilton, their performance and recent history, and the factors that may be affecting them by reference to: the knowledge and experience of riparian owners and tenants, accessed through a questionnaire; population surveys conducted by electric fishing; other relevant sources including reports of earlier investigations and other published sources.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Salisbury
Subject Keywords: Water abstractionRiversRiver fisheriesFishery surveysElectrofishingPopulation survey
Geographic Keywords: WylyeWiltshireHampshire Avon catchment
Extent: 22; + figures
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