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Virley Brook Pressures

The table below shows the current pressures that this waterbody faces and the solutions that could be put in place to solve these problems. You can learn more about some of these pressures and solutions on the Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer or you can contact us to find out more.

PRESSURES

SOLUTIONS

American Mink have been most recently recorded on this water body in 2012 and 2013. American Mink cause a wide range of problems on a river, including playing a large part in the local extinction of many natural species such as water voles and kingfishers.

 In order to eradicate mink, they must be trapped and dispatched. Trapping must be done catchment wide as mink can travel large distances. It is important that there are enough people involved in a trapping project to ensure that the traps can be checked regularly. Monitoring mink, water vole and otter presence on your river can also help us when planning eradication programmes.

 

Giant Hogweed has been most recently recorded on this water body in 2013. This plant has been in the news a lot more recently due to the horrific burns that its sap can give the skin. This invasive plant is so large that it is able to shade out other native plants.

Giant Hogweed MUST be removed by a professional ONLY. The plant is sprayed off and then removed in a safe manner. If this plant has already been removed from this waterbody then please let us know, if it is spreading further then get in touch.

 

There is no data due to a lack of monitoring within this waterbody. This lack of data may be due to the small size of the waterbody and the influence of the tide, meaning that it may be better assessed with transitional waterbodies.

Collect data in order to determine classification.

There is no data due to a lack of biological monitoring within this waterbody. This lack of data may be due to the small size of the waterbody and the influence of the tide, meaning that it may be better assessed with transitional waterbodies.

Collect data in order to determine classification.

There is no data due to a lack of monitoring within this waterbody. This lack of data may be due to the small size of the waterbody and the influence of the tide, meaning that it may be better assessed with transitional waterbodies.

Collect data in order to determine classification.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

There is no data due to a lack of biological monitoring within this waterbody. This lack of data may be due to the small size of the waterbody and the influence of the tide, meaning that it may be better assessed with transitional waterbodies.

Collect data in order to determine classification.

  

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