Restoration of Freshwater Ecosystems


The principal objective is to examine in detail methods and approaches for the management and restoration/enhancement of rivers.

Techniques and best practices for particular aspects of restoration will be overviewed. Environmental effects of low flows will be overviewed.

Conservation issues in freshwaters will be examined together with discussing the latest approaches in the biological monitoring of freshwaters to evaluate their health.

Overall the student will gain an insight into which restoration approaches are appropriate for a particular river system.


  • Multiple choice assessment following the field visits
  • Open book test

Key skills

  • Able to synthesise and apply knowledge gained from lectures and site visits to write a management report of recommendations for river restoration in different case scenarios
  • The ability to work as part of a time to solve issues related to river restoration
  • Ability to think on one's feet and gain confidence in addressing problems