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.


  • 8 hours of lectures including 2 from external speaker
  • 8 hours of field visits
  • 8 hours of workshops and seminars


  • 20% multiple choice assessment following the field visits
  • 80% open book test - this will be a descriptive scenario requiring a management plan or position paper being written by you to address the question. You will be allowed to use whatever notes you wish but books will not be allowed. This is a test of your ability to synthesize the information from the course and apply it to a potential scenario to restoration of freshwaters - accurate and succinct writing will be expected in your answer. There will be no one correct answer to this test but rather credit given for a well rationalized and presented case

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