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What’s what in the wet: Why and when you might need aquatic ecologists

Event date: April 07, 2022

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Thursday, 7 April 2022, 12:30–13:15 BST

Heightened awareness of environmental issues means that ecological considerations for many projects are now considered the norm. People are increasingly aware of the need to engage with professional ecologists to ensure that environmental law is adhered to and that we try to protect vulnerable habitats and species. However, much of the focus is typically on terrestrial habitats and species and many people are less sure of what they need to think about when it comes to aquatic habitats and species. This can result in people inadvertently undertaking activities that are harmful to aquatic receptors and in some cases could even be against the law.

In this webinar, we will briefly outline the main legal considerations regarding aquatic environments and will look at a selection of case studies to give an overview of the types of projects for which aquatic ecology advice may be needed and the types of habitats and species that may need consideration. It will conclude with a question-and-answer session, giving you the opportunity to ask about your specific projects.

The webinar will be presented by RSK Biocensus aquatic ecology lead Dr Peter Walker. Peter is an Associate Director in the RSK Biocensus ecology team with approximately 14 years’ consultancy experience, specialising in aquatic ecology. He is RSK’s technical lead on aquatic ecology, covering topics relating to fisheries ecology and impact assessments; fish health and diseases; macroinvertebrate ecology; and habitat evaluations and improvements/restoration, including fish and eel passage and screening. He has held positions at specialist aquatic consultancies, leading academic institutions in Wales and the Netherlands and within Rivers Trusts.

Projects that Peter has personally managed, or has been a technical lead for, cover the full spectrum of aquatic habitats, from small headwater streams to large lowland rivers and estuarine and coastal waters. Peter has also undertaken investigations at countless still-water sites, including small ponds, very large natural lakes and reservoirs, sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) and lakes at prestigious public attractions. Peter is, therefore, able to offer practical advice supported by sound scientific knowledge and experience, for aquatic habitats covering all situations.

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