The latest riverfly monitoring report from Natural Resources Wales is out... Please click here to read in full. With special thanks to West Wales Rivers Trust volunteer, Jo Cunningham, for her sizable contribution to the study and of course, all the volunteers who...read more
Afonydd Cymru, the representative body for Wales’s six Rivers Trusts, has today submitted a complaint to the European Commission (EC) about the Welsh Government’s performance on managing agricultural pollution. The NGO alleges that the government has failed to put...read more
Air and Water Pollution are relatively unpoliced. The potential for “crimes” to be committed and go unpunished is enormous…
We are relatively lucky on air pollution compared to some Indian cities or to Chinese cities. But with fishing declining, as "catch and release" is implemented in Wales this season, the income for Natural Resources Wales, already stretched, will be insufficient to...read more
Lets hope Mr Gove remains in post long enough to do what he intends. Just as health takes time to deliver change, so does the environment. The rejection of a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone recently in Wales does not bode well.. Under the title line "Green Brexit", the Times...read more
Simon de Bruxelles reports 4th Jan 2018: Divers tackle deadly scourge of fishing litter A volunteer army of divers has spent the past 12 years clearing tonnes of abandoned fishing gear and other debris from the seabed off Pembrokeshire, west Wales. The amateur divers...read more
Please let me know if any fishermen or volunteers have seen freshwater muscles on the Cleddau rivers. My suspicion is that they died many years ago. The result of a combination of acid flush, pollution with slurry and agrochemicals over a sustained period of time. BBC...read more
Gardeners put on alert for devastating plant disease. “Xylella fastidiosa” can kill or damage more than 350 species
Simon de Bruxelles in the Times 29th December reports: Gardeners put on alert for devastating plant disease Gardeners and horticulturalists have been warned to look out for one of the deadliest plant pathogens after it wiped out thousands of trees in southern Europe....read more
Book Review: The Systemic Insecticides: a disaster in the making. More independent confirmations are needed..
This is a well produced book for a coffee table written by Dr Henk Tennekes who graduated from the University of Wageningen in 1974 and was a researcher for Shell in Sittingbourne, Kent. He has also worked at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelburg, 1980-85....read more
The "Clean-up mussel" - A nasty-tasting shellfish could be just the job for cleaning rivers - Filtering out the pollutants The Economist December 9th 2018 Its traditional to have a "spoof" paper in the Christmas edition of some professional magazines. I was not sure...read more
The Nitrates in Drinking water: we were warned in 2010, and short termism, like in health systems, reaps its rewards.
There is a real risk that once the EEC has no influence, the environment will come second or third in politicians minds. The recent rejection of an NVZ in Wales, against the advice of all environmentalists, is a case in point. The European Protection Agency Health...read more