The degraded Thames

A quote from the Flora of Berkshire, by Mick Crawley, which deserves to be more widely known:

The aquatic flora of the Thames represents one of the most comprehensively degraded communities in all of Berkshire. The combination of eutrophication and heavy boat traffic has simply destroyed this once-rich plant community.”

Most of the submerged species (e.g. different kinds of Potamogeton) and many of the marginals (including Greater Water Parsnip) are gone“.

Flora of Berkshire, 2005.

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2 Responses to “The degraded Thames”

  1. Neil Says:

    How depressing. I fear for the club tailed dragonfly too.

    • Jeremy Biggs Says:

      Yes. it would be good to keep an eye on this – though perhaps having survived this long it might be OK?

      J

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