Angling Trust and WWF urge MPs to press for 'long overdue' reform of water abstraction regime.
A cross party group of MPs, including the current Water Minister Therese Coffey, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and former Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon, attended a chalk stream discovery day on the River Itchen in June 2017 to learn about problems facing all rivers and in particular the English chalk streams.
Less than one in five chalk streams meets the required good ecological status and only 12 of England’s 224 chalk streams has special conservation protection. Many industrial and housing developments have been approved with little thought to the potential impacts they pose to the condition of local rivers.
The MPs had the opportunity to walk and fish the famous Hampshire river with wildlife and fisheries experts. The day was organised by Angling Trust Campaigns Chief Martin Salter in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling chaired by Hertfordshire MP Charles Walker.
More info: wwf.org.uk/natureneedsyou and www.anglingtrust.net

River Itchen

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Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Alan Whitehead MP makes a point

Alan Whitehead MP makes a point

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Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

Dr Rose O'Neil, WWF's Water Policy Manager, explains challenges facing our chalkstreams

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John Penrose MP fishing

John Penrose MP fishing

John Penrose MP fishing

John Penrose MP fishing

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd coaching Sports Minister Tracey Crouch

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd

Charles Walker MP with Charles Jardine

Charles Walker MP with Charles Jardine

Charles Jardine and Midge

Charles Jardine and Midge