13. Understanding the Stort Valley’s importance to invertebrates
Theme: Habitats and wildlife
- To maintain and enhance the river's natural habitats and wildlife
To better understand the significance of the Stort Valley to invertebrates
Preliminary survey work by the Hertfordshire county recorder for moths has identified the potential of the Stort Valley’s wetlands for invertebrates to be a ‘national nature reserve’. This project will survey the valley in detail to identify key habitats/sites for invertebrates in the Stort Valley, from Bishops Stortford to the River Lea. To carry out invertebrate surveys of those sites identified to have greatest potential, based on experience and historic records (would require repeat sampling at each site throughout the recording season, which is primarily Apr-Oct).To identify all the invertebrates found by the surveys and assess their status in the area/UK. Preparation of a conservation report to include habitat management recommendations.