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2011 Conference

YOUR RIVERS - THEIR FUTURE

Thursday 10 March 2011

Flett Theatre, The Natural History Museum, London

Press release. Speakers and delegates drawn from the statutory agencies, fishing organisations, conservation agencies, NGOs and academia discussed Your rivers - their future and was followed by a panel discussion with questions from the audience.

Speakers included: Chairman of the Environment Agency, Rt. Hon. Lord Smith of Finsbury; environmental scientist Professor Steve Ormerod; Anglers' Monitoring Initiative leads Will Tall (Wandle Piscators) and Dai Roberts (South East Wales Monitoring Group) and international fly fisherman Stuart Crofts amongst others. See conference programme below.

See below for abstracts and biographies. Selected presentations will be posted shortly.

The conference was full with 200 delegates.

Sponsors: The Natural History Museum, Thames Water, Fishmongers’ Company, Salmon and Trout Association, Wild Trout Trust, Freshwater Biological Association, Natural England, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and The Environment Agency

Student places The Riverfly Partnership offered upto 10 complimentary places to students with a freshwater, water policy or citizen science interest. Small funds were made available to contribute towards expenses.

Conference flyer –PDF-File, 308.1 KB

Conference programme (Final) –PDF-File, 391.8 KB

Conference abstracts –PDF-File, 597.0 KB

Presentations - pdf

The surprising science of chalk streams - Prof Alan Hildrew, Queen Mary, University of London –PDF-File, 2.1 MB

The best and clearest river in London - Will Tall, Wandle Piscators –PDF-File, 6.5 MB

River Rhymney Flylife Project - Frances Atwood (EA) & Dai Roberts - SE Wales AMI Group –PDF-File, 2.5 MB

Establishing the AMI on the Ballinederry River (NI pilot) - Mark Horton, BRAE –PDF-File, 4.0 MB

Where does the volunteer come from? Stuart Crofts –PDF-File, 3.7 MB

The water company perspective - Richard Aylard, Thames Wate –PDF-File, 733.7 KB

Challenges for the AMI - Prof Steve Ormerod, Cardiff University –PDF-File, 1.4 MB

The future of our rivers - Dr Geoff Bateman, Environment Agency –PDF-File, 1.5 MB

Conserving riverfly diversity - Craig Macadam, Buglife –PDF-File, 4.1 MB

Bringing new life to our rivers - Dr Judy England, River Restoration Centre –PDF-File, 1.1 MB

Our response to the arrival of the invasive shrimp - Mark Diamond, EA –PPT-File, 4.4 MB

Restoring the blue winged olive - Dr Cyril Bennett –PDF-File, 1.3 MB

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The panel chaired by Jeremy Paxmen at the 2007 Riverfly Conference How good is your river © The Natural History Museum

The inaugral national riverfly conference: Riverflies: a beacon for environmental quality was held at The Natural History Museum in 2004 followed by How good is your river? in 2007. Both conferences were booked to capacity and attracted delegates from across the field.

The Riverfly Partnership was established at the conference in 2004 and the Anglers Monitoring Initiative was launched in 2007.

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