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Title: River Habitat Quality the physical character of rivers and streams in the UK and Isle of Man
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
River Habitat Survey (RHS) is a method for assessing the physical character and quality of river habitats: it has been developed to help the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitats along rivers and their floodplains. Its main purpose is to provide river managers with information needed to sustain and enhance biodiversity, using catchment management plans and environmental impact assessment as two mechanisms for realising this objective. The RHS system is based on information from a major baseline survey of rivers and streams in the UK and the Isle of Man. This Report demonstrates how: habitat quality is linked to the physical character of individual types of river; the physical character of river habitats varies within a single catchment and between catchments; habitat character and quality are affected by artificial modification of the channel and adjacent river corridor; individual features of known wildlife interest, or combinations of them, provide the basis for evaluating overall river habitat quality; physical characteristics can be used by interest groups other than wildlife conservationists to describe river quality in terms of their own particular requirements.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: RiversRiver habitat surveyCatchment managementReports
Geographic Keywords: United Kingdom
Extent: 84
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