Current projects being sponsored / funded by the VCT are:


  • “Measuring and Optimising Multiple Ecosystem Services Provided by Chalk Streams” – Jen Ball, University of Southampton


  • “Can watercress Farming Directly Impact Fish Communities?” – Asa White, University of Brighton



Past Projects

In 2008, Melanie Dixon, a student at the University of Southampton, supervised by Dr Pete Shaw, embarked on a three year study, which addressed three main themes:

How and why water used in watercress production and processing affects ecosystems in receiving streams.

The potential for on-site mitigation of ecological impacts of PEITC.

How the artificially maintained discharges from the St Mary Bourne site can be used to benefit local habitats and biodiversity.

Melanie has now completed her PHD and the results of her work can be seen here 2011 International Journal of Zoology.


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