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Title: Partnership in planning : riverbank design guidance for the Tidal Thames
Author: Environment Agency Thames Region
Document Type: Monograph
The River Thames can justly be described as Londons greatest natural asset. Not only as a site of great historical interest, but also as an amenity and recreational resource, and a valuable focus for riverside development. It is only in the last forty years, however, that we have really begun to appreciate the value of the river, in both ecological and financial terms. Before this, loss o f habitat due to encroaching buildings and growing pollution had reduced the ecology of the river to a very low ebb. In 1957, a report to the Natural History Museum stated that there were no resident fish populations between Kew and Gravesend. The Thames comes back to life The dramatic recovery of the tidal Thames is a remarkable success story which began in the late 1950's with investment in sewage treatment. Continuing improvements in water quality together with the intrinsically rich diversity and continuity of habitat has meant that the Thames now supports one of the widest variety of animals of any estuary in Europe. More than 350 invertebrate species have now been recorded and a total of 115 different species of fish, including salmon, bass and smelt.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Reading
Subject Keywords: RiverbanksLandscape designEcology
Geographic Keywords: Thames (tidal) catchmentGreater LondonEA South East
Extent: 18
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