Archive for March, 2012

Film night: The case against micro hydro

Via the Waterfeature blog (tagline: giving a dam about micro hydro) and this thread on the Fly Forums comes a highly informative film, including interviews with experts Paul Gaskell, Chris Firth and David Buttle, warning about the harmful effects of the new wave of micro hydro schemes on rivers like Sheffield’s Don. Kelham Island Hydro […]

Rebuilding a river: The Wandle in Carshalton

Whenever somebody asks me what’s the best example of urban river restoration you know? I always tell them about the upper Wandle. Right across the road from my own front door, the ancient weir at Butter Hill Mill has probably impounded this stretch of chalkstream for at least 700 years. By the nineteenth century, a complex […]


Trout only live in beautiful places. It’s an idea that’s been trotted out by countless angling writers. But it’s no longer totally true. Since the 1980s, when the western world’s heavy industry began its long march east, and governments woke up to the importance of environmental stewardship, the lines have started to blur. Better sewage […]