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OU on the BBC: Saving Species: Series 3, Episode 5

Updated Monday, 1st October 2012

Saving Species takes an otter's eye view of the issues facing our rivers and freshwater systems, including contamination and our crowded countryside

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River Severn viewed from Shrewsbury Castle Creative commons image Icon Work found at Wikipedia.org / CC-BY-SA under Creative-Commons license A view of the River Severn from Shrewsbury Castle In this episode of Saving species we focus on the issues facing our rivers and freshwater systems.

The Shropshire Wildlife Trust this year highlight them by sailing a currach down the Severn.

John Hughes from the Trust joins Brett Westwood on the water to give them a perfect otter's eye view of the issues facing our crowded countryside and ever increasing demands on this natural resource.

Elsewhere in the programme Brett Westwood attends the Environmental Change Research Centre conference on freshwater biodiversity at University College London.

Mingling with delegates from across Europe, Brett hears about the steps being taken to understand the role of wildlife in modern freshwater habitats.

Dr Elizabeth Chadwick runs the Cardiff University Otter Project. Using post mortem tissues collected from this top predator she is showing how our increasing otter population is coping with different levels of contamination in freshwater in England and Wales.

Listen to Saving Species

You can listen to this episode of Saving Species on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00am on Tuesday 2 October 2012. More information and a link to listen again can be found on the Radio 4 website.

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