We all depend on fresh water for
survival. But freshwater species are going extinct faster
than species from any other habitat type.
A wide range of threatened animals and plants
depend entirely on our rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, canals and
even ditches. Freshwater habitats are also an important
secondary habitat for many animals and plants and provide a range
of specialised microhabitats.
In Wales there is heavy pressure on our freshwaters.
Structural changes, nutrient enrichment, acidification and other
forms of pollution all have major effects. Climate change
will alter the amount and pattern of water availability.
Invasive species are an increasing problem, displacing native
species and often causing significant environmental and economic
damage. All these have knock-on effects on many freshwater