2016 Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum – 25 November

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Forum we were delighted that our founding Patron, Lord Selborne, agreed to Chair the event.

Gail Taylor, the Chair of the Vitacress Conservation Trust, took the opportunity to look back at the highlights of the Trust over the last 10 years, reviewing previous Forums, Environment Lectures, research and other sponsored projects.

Pete Shaw and Graham Roberts, respective Chairs, updated the delegates on progress made through the Bourne Rivulet and Upper Itchen Initiatives.

Our guest speakers were John Fawell, who focused on the issues surrounding water quality, water resources and sustainable solutions, and Fran Davies, who gave an overview on Natural England’s work on chalk streams and conservation strategy.

The Open Forum provided a platform for some lively debate.

Click on the links below to view the presentations.

VCT – The First 10 Years – Gail Taylor

The Upper Itchen Initiative – Graham Roberts

The Bourne Rivulet Initiative and Phosphorus Research Key Findings – Pete Shaw

Alternative Water Sources and Sustainable Water Use – John Fawell

Natural England’s Work on Chalk Rivers and Conservation Strategy – Fran Davies

 Follow this link for the University of Southampton’s report of the event:





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