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MARS Podcast: an interview with Professor Steve Ormerod

March 6, 2015

We’re happy to share the first MARS podcast, which can be streamed and freely downloaded from the Soundcloud widget above.  Join us on the banks of the River Brun in Burnley in North West England to meet Steve Ormerod, Professor of Ecology at Cardiff University, chair of the RSPB council and co-leader of the MARS project catchment segment.

On a cold, blustery spring morning with dippers flitting past and robins singing in the trees, Steve tells us about the history of the Brun, and its recent restoration after years of pollution.  Steve explains the concepts of freshwater stressors and ecosystem services, and tells us about his work with MARS.

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  1. March 6, 2015 18:16

    I was a boy in York (I’m 85 now, and living in St. John’s Newfoundland). I used to love fishing and generally messing around in the Ouse and Derwent etc. It is wonderful to hear of the environmental awareness and river restoration going on in England. Here in St. John’s we have small river systems and lakes providing wonderful ‘ecosystem services’, but our battle is trying to conserve these systems under pressure from developments and ‘progress’. Despite regulations to the contrary, we see channelization, destruction of riparian habitats, paving over of wetlands, causing flooding downstream, poorly constructed culverts creating barriers, storm sewers with no control for sediments and sewage, etc. We are going through the stage Europe has been through, with poor recognition by authorities. Our Fisheries Acf has been gutted by an anti-environmental federal govt to protect only fish that make money, and habitat regulations have been removed. Mining companies can now use pristine lakes as dumping grounds for toxic wastes. We have conservation groups who are fighting this, and trying to restore the situation for which I emigrated to Canada..

    • March 15, 2015 20:58

      Thanks John, glad you enjoyed the podcast. Yes, there seems to be real momentum in urban river restoration projects, particularly on those similar to the Ouse and Derwent that have been affected by industrial pollution over the years. We’re always keen to hear more global perspectives, so please keep in touch with any stories from Canada that might be suitable for us to cover, or perhaps you could write a guest post?

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