The ecology of the Wye

  • Authors
  • R. W. Edwards
  • M. P. Brooker

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 1-10
  3. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 11-26
  4. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 27-52
  5. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 53-78
  6. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 79-102
  7. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 103-112
  8. R. W. Edwards, M. P. Brooker
    Pages 113-122
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-164

About this book


The valley of the River Wye has long been famed for its natural beauty and the salmon stocks which the river supports. As one of the largest substantially unpol­ luted rivers in Southern Britain, the Wye, which rises in Wales and flows into England, is now of considerable significance in the strategy for conservation of freshwater habitats in the United Kingdom and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific 1 nterest by the Nature Conservancy Council (N. C. C. ). However, des pi te this scientific importance, published studies of the aquatic ecology of the river during the earlier decades of this century were principally restricted to the excellent series of articles and books on the salmon written by J. A. Hutton during the period 1912-47 and scattered records of the plants of the river banks. During this period the Fishery Board and successive organisations responsible for fisheries, also published reports describing general water quality and salmon catch statistics. In 1970 a survey was undertaken by the N. C. C. which provided the basis for the decision to give it special protected status. The Wye has been exploited as a major water source for Birmingham, through the development of reservoirs in the Elan Valley, since 1904. Further development of the capacity of the Elan catchment occurred in 1952 with the completion of the Claerwen Reservoir.


Relief Seen biology ecology fish geology insects invertebrates lake macroinvertebrate mammals vegetation water quality

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7988-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7986-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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