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Biological Sciences

Research project: Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams

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This project aims to understand the trade-offs and links between the provision of ecosystem services and patterns of biodiversity in the chalk streams of Hampshire.

Chalk streams are some of the most iconic freshwater habitats in the world and around 80% are found here in the UK. Groundwater aquifers in chalk bedrock feed these streams with cool, clear, alkaline water - making them ideal habitats for a diverse range of species.

The streams also provide many benefits to society such as drinking water, crops and recreational activities. However, human activities such as the over-abstraction of water, pollution from agriculture, and the introduction of non-native species, threaten the long-term success of these ecosystems.

We’re working to measure and optimise the provision of ecosystem services, and to understand how they are linked to biodiversity, to ensure that the chalk streams of Hampshire are sustainably managed.

Funding provider: Vitacress Conservation Trust
Funding dates: September 2016 – September 2019


The River Test in Hampshire
The River Test in Hampshire

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Environmental Biosciences
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