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Title: Redgrave and Lopham Fens alleviation scheme : project appraisal report : version 1.0
Author: Alan Hull
Document Type: Monograph
The progressive drying out of Redgrave and Lopham Fens SSSI in Suffolk has been the subject of debate for many years. The Fens are located at the watershed of the rivers Little Ouse and Waveney and have long been recognised for their ecological interest and its importance as being home to a number of rare invertebrates including the Great Raft Spider. The Fen was designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the RAMSAR Convention in 1991 and launched as a National Nature Reserve on 24th June 1993. Redgrave an Lopham Fen is one of four Low Flow sites in the Anglian Region. It is included in the National top 20 list of sites in England and Wales identified by the NRA as suffering from excessive authorised abstraction. It has the highest priority of all Anglians low flow sites and the NRA is committed to implementing a satisfactory solution. The major cause of the drying out is the nearby groundwater abstraction by Suffolk Water Company for public water supply. Abstraction commenced in the late 1950s and is ainhorised by a Licence of Right which at the time of issue did nor take account of environmental impact. Such an abstraction would not be licensed today under current licensing policy. The Fen is maintained and managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: ProjectsGroundwaterWetlandsSite of Special Scientific InterestRiversNature conservationWater abstractionWater industry
Geographic Keywords: The FensWaveney (Suffolk, Norfolk)Little Ouse
Extent: 27; + appendices and figures
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