Aquatic Fly Life

Much has been written and talked about the decline in fly life on the southern chalkstreams, and further research is proving that all areas and types of river are suffering a similar problem.

Much has been written and talked about the decline in fly life on the southern chalkstreams, and further research is proving that all areas and types of river are suffering a similar problem. The Environment Agency is presently working up a research programme to find the cause of the problem, and, we all hope, some solutions.

The Director will meet the Head of EA Fisheries, once this programme has been established, to see in what way S&TA can help, taking into account our extensive branch network covering all regions of the UK. We feel that this is the best way the Association can become involved in the issue, rather than joining in one of the several local research initiatives which are under way. The fly life issue also fits in well with our agri-environment work, because it is highly likely that agricultural impact will be at least in part to blame for the scarcity of insects.