Conservation Monitoring in Freshwater Habitats

A Practical Guide and Case Studies

  • Clive Hurford
  • Michael Schneider
  • Ian Cowx

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Setting the scene

  3. Biological Indicators for Freshwater Habitats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 32-32
    2. Juan A. Amat, Andy J. Green
      Pages 45-52
    3. Ian G. Cowx, Jonathan P. Harvey, Richard A. Noble, Andrew D. Nunn
      Pages 53-62
    4. Richard Chadd
      Pages 63-72
    5. Richard Lansdown, Sam Bosanquet
      Pages 73-83
    6. Héctor Rodríguez-Pérez, Victoria López-Rodas, Eduardo Costas
      Pages 85-90
    7. Montserrat Vilà, Emili García-Berthou
      Pages 91-100
  4. Rivers: Threats and Monitoring Issues

  5. River Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 168-168
    2. Jonathan P. Harvey, Richard A. Noble, Andrew D. Nunn, Ryan J. Taylor, Ian G. Cowx
      Pages 193-206
    3. Hans Lundqvist, Kjell Leonardsson, Ulf Carlsson, Stefan Larsson, Jan Nilsson, Johan Östergren et al.
      Pages 207-218
  6. Lake and wetland case studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 246-246
    2. Andrea Kelly, Jane Harris
      Pages 261-276
    3. Bob Haycock, George Hinton
      Pages 277-290
    4. Penny Neyland, Dan Guest, Charles Hipkin, Dan Forman
      Pages 291-305
    5. Michael Schneider
      Pages 307-322
  7. Integrated surveillance, monitoring and management at Doñana Natural Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 324-324
    2. Miguel Ángel Bravo-Utrera
      Pages 339-355
    3. Manuel Máñez, Luis García, Fernando Ibáñez, Héctor Garrido, Juan Manuel Espinar, José Luis Arroyo et al.
      Pages 357-373
    4. Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, David Aragonés, Iban Ameztoy, Javier Bustamante
      Pages 375-386
    5. Hugues Lefranc, Regino Núñez, Justin Steventon
      Pages 387-397
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 401-415

About this book


The predicted changes to global weather patterns and increases in the human population will put unprecedented pressure on European freshwater habitats and the species that depend on them.  Our success in conserving the ecological value of these habitats will depend greatly on carefully planned conservation management integrated with efficient and reliable monitoring.   

Conservation Monitoring in Freshwater Habitats focuses on the need to develop clear, site-specific, conservation management goals; something rarely considered in previous publications on freshwater monitoring. The early chapters explore the use of biological indicators for monitoring and provide practical guidance for developing and implementing efficient and reliable monitoring projects. The remainder of the book is dedicated to a series of carefully selected case studies illustrating best practice in both decision-making and application across a range of habitats and species.

This timely book will provide a valuable reference for students and researchers in biological and environmental sciences, and for practitioners working in government departments, conservation organisations and ecological consultancies. It will be an essential resource for anyone working towards fulfilling the requirements of both the Water Framework Directive and the EC Habitats Directive.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Clive Hurford
    • 1
  • Michael Schneider
    • 2
  • Ian Cowx
    • 3
  1. 1.Orielton Field CentreCountryside Council for WalesPembrokeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Administrative BoardVästerbotten CountyUmeåSweden
  3. 3.International Fisheries InstituteUniversity of HullHullUnited Kingdom

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