Are our river protections failing?

The Wildlife Trusts discuss the state of our rivers in the UK and ask why, despite legal protections being put in place, some of them are in a dire state.

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Half-way through today’s PM programme on Radio 4, at about 5.30pm, we were taken to citizen scientists on the River Lavant in Sussex:

PM – 09/05/2022 – BBC Sounds

Local folk were interviewed as they monitored the river’s waters, after months of pollution and sewage being allowed to enter the Lavant.

This has indeed been going on for months now:

People in East and West Sussex issued ‘risk of disease’ warning over river water pollution – SussexLive

It is a concern the Wildlife Trusts share – and they will be holding an online session this week:

In this month’s episode of Wild LIVE we’ll be discussing the state of our rivers in the UK and why, despite legal protections being put in place, some of them are in a dire state. We will be coming to you live from the River Wye which is suffering from devastating species and habitat loss due to manure from chicken farms ending up in its water system. Join us to hear from experts who will give us an idea of how bad the situation is and what we can do about it.

Helping us to understand this topic and answer your questions is our expert panel:

Feargal Sharkey – Lead singer of The Undertones and campaigner for cleaner rivers

James Hitchcock – Chief Executive of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

Sarah James – Intensive Poultry Unit farmer keen to reduce the farms impacts

Nicola Cutcher – Journalist and documentary maker, passionate about the state of our rivers

Register for this free event via our website and submit your question in advance.

Wild LIVE: Are our river protections failing? | The Wildlife Trusts

Book your place for this Thursday 12th at 7pm:

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Wild LIVE: are our river protections failing? – YouTube

   
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