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|Past & Present
|The River Year
|On the Trail by Night
|On the Trail by Day
|Behind the Scenes
The question of conservation is a hotly debated issue. Thought is given to a definition and its scope.
The whole area is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) terms that are explained, together with their governance.
The 'right to roam' is discussed with considerations given to the pros and cons and examples of observed behaviour and misbehaviour.
Communication, in the form of 'do not' signage is tempered by an information board to inform passers by about the riverkeeping activties and the wildlife to be seen during four month periods of the year.
Pollution and whether trees should be removed in terms of water uptake is discussed, with some surprising findings. Pictures of rubbish in the river, together with a mute swan with a plastic ring around its neck, cygnets in tow, show some of the challenges faced.
One significant issue is the control of American mink that have decimated the wildlife and water voles on the river.