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Three Rivers Environmental Forum - 20th Oct

posted 1 Nov 2010, 12:01 by Unknown user   [ updated 1 Nov 2010, 12:29 ]
A member of the Executive Committee - Alan Manson - attended the last meeting of the Three Rivers Environmental Forum
The meeting took place on Wednesday 20th October 2010 in the Penn Chamber at the Council Offices.

The meeting agenda and papers can be seen here

Alan recorded the following notes regarding the meeting (not the offical minutes)
  • Daniel Monk gave a presentation regarding Three Rivers need to survey trees in their locality and manage risk regarding falling and injury especially near highways. 
  • Carol Lodge gave an update on the work undertaken by Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust, responding to planning applications which could present a threat to endangered species.  The Trust has in excess of 2000 wildlife sites to oversee.
  • Britain’s smallest butterfly, the Small Blue, has returned to Hertfordshire after not being recorded in the county for eight years.  Loss of its habitat, chalk grassland, is the reason for its decline. 
  • An impassioned presentation was given by Allen Beechey of Chilterns Conservation Board regarding chalk streams in his area of which there are eight and, in particular, to the River Chess and the Meades Water Gardens regeneration in Chesham which took four years to obtain permission and only two weeks to undertake the necessary work.
  • Chorleywood House Estate river bank restoration and tree pollarding at Micklefield Hall to improve light levels to the river bank and encourage plant growth.
  • Following a dramatic 97% decline, water vole population is beginning to recover due to control of mink on The Chess.
  • No otters officially recorded to date but it is considered to be only a matter of time before they return.
  • Control of American Crayfish, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed appears to be a losing battle without a great increase in funding.
Any Other Business
  • The threat of flight paths being directed over Chorleywood has been removed at present.
  • Bee Keepers Association advised that bees do not have an immune system and rely on obtaining antibiotics from plants, many of which we have been eradicating.  Hopefully, with proper management the decline in our bee population can be reversed.
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