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Conservation Monitoring in Freshwater Habitats

A Practical Guide and Case Studies

  • Clive Hurford
  • Michael Schneider
  • Ian Cowx


  • Highlights the need for clear conservation management goals, rarely considered in previous publications on freshwater monitoring, though fisheries are more familiar with the concept

  • Promotes the concept of integrated monitoring of biological conservation interest and water quality

  • Uses the results of field trials to draw attention to the shortcomings inherent in many existing monitoring projects


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

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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