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Research plays a very important part in furthering our understanding of the stream and its response to, for instance, rainstorms and pollution incidents. We use the results to determine where our work will have best effect.

Ecological Quality

We have found only one historic study which describes the wildlife habitat quality of the stream and valley:

1994: The environmental quality of a small urban water course, the Bourne Stream (Dorset), assessed with macroinvertebrate data Patrick D. Armitage, John H. Blackburn & Kay L. Symes, Institute of Freshwater Ecology.

The 1994 study has recently been followed up by, and results compared with a 2003 ecological survey of the SUDS [more] as part of the requirement for the Bourne Valley Water Level Management Plan:

2005: Ecological Survey of the Bourne Stream in the Bourne Valley SSSI, Poole, Dorset.  Robert Aquilina, Environmental Quality Consultant

Local ecological surveys are also carried out at project sites before and after major projects:

Student Research

Partnership work attracts a number of research projects and assignments by students from Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, University of the West of England and most recently from the Open University

Bourne Valley SSSI Water Level Management Plan

The Bourne Valley Water Level Management Plan (WLMP) was prepared for Borough of Poole Leisure Services unit.  It provides a formal basis for future management of water levels within the SSSI [more].

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