Author: JohnPinder

UKILN Conference 2019 – “Lakes Protecting, Enhancing and Restoring”

Draft 2019 UKILN Conference ProgrammeThis year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Ireland) are hosting the United Kingdom and Ireland Lake Network (UKLIN) Conference on the 16th and 17th of October 2019 in Westport.

This year’s theme is “Lakes – protecting, enhancing, restoring”. The theme encompasses activities from monitoring to actions on the ground to protect, enhance and restore lakes. The thread running through the conference will be the Water Framework Directive (WFD), in a broad sense. The purpose of the conference is to show how everyone plays a role in bringing about good water quality and habitat conditions. It is to illustrate how our activities are linked and form building blocks. It is through working together that achieving good water quality is possible.

The proposed schedule is to have a day of presentations on the 16th of October followed by a fieldtrip to the Marine Institute Facility at Newport on Lough Feeagh and other lakes in the West on the 17th of October.

For more information, see the 2019 UKILN Conference Poster v2

And the full conference programme Draft 2019 UKILN Conference Programme

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European survey on urban (city) lakes and rivers

Rivers and lakes located in European cities and towns are getting cleaner thanks to improvements in waste water treatment and restoration projects which have brought many waterways back to life. New forms of water management contribute to make our cities greener, smarter and more sustainable, but key challenges remain, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) released today.


Christmas on Lough Neagh

fishing_lough_erne011Dear all, please find below , the Christmas flier from Lough Neagh. The strength of the partnership there and the range of innovative activities is always impressive and the team is always willing to share their ideas.

Why not give Eimear, Gerry or Charlie a ring ?

Lough Neagh Partnership launches

Christmas at the Lough

Get into the Christmas spirit and have fun with all the events happening around Lough Neagh and its Waterways. Sure to make Christmas 2015 the best yet with a host of events, theatre performances, pantomimes, Santa grottos and trails, craft and food markets.

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Global Nature Fund – Green Filters


Dear all,

please find below links to a new paper from GNF regarding developments on this important low tech / low cost method of water treatment.


Dear LL Partners,

As announced last week, we would like to encourage other Living Lakes partners to submit their ideas and proposals for Green Filter projects. We came across the possibility to start new projects at the beginning of 2016, in the framework of our campaign “Clean water for the World” together with the German company Kärcher ( To move this forward, we would need to receive your proposals by the end of this week (Monday 30.12.2015 the latest) , to be able to communicate them in our annual meeting with Kärcher.

We are aware of the short notice, but with a little effort a new Green Filter could be soon improving the life quality of some of the rural communities in your countries.

Best regards from Lake Constance

Julia Pérez Sillero | Project Manager


UKILN 2013 Annual Conference – Dublin

WFD Perspective on Irish Lakes – Damian Allen

WFD Perspective of Wicklow Lakes – Gary Free

Padraig Doyle, Dublin City Council
Dublin Water Supply in the context of lakes used, history, management, challenges and the future
David Sexton, Electricity Supply Board
Lakes and Power Generation
Michael Gibbon, Walk West
Some perspectives on Crannogs and Island Cashels in Ireland West
Martin O’Grady, Inland Fisheries Ireland
Genetics of trout stocks in some Irish Catchments.  The Management Implications
Kevin Doran, Dublin Diocese
Lakes & Spiritual Values
Bernie O’Flaherty, Monaghan Council
Lakes and their catchments – Restoring water quality
Wendy Craig, NIEA
Corbet Lough Restoration Programme
Cormac McCarthy, Waterways Ireland
Use and Management of Lakes for Tourism and Navigation
Greta Link, Global Nature Fund (Living Lakes Network)

Lake Management- A global issue resolved through local stewardship

UKILN 2012 Lough Neagh Symposium

Lough Neagh Symposium

Lake Restoration in the UK lessons from CEH – Linda May

Restoration Initiatives in the Broads – Andrea Kelly

Windermere Reflections – Liz Davey

Loe Pool and River Cober catchment – Lewis Jones

International Lakes – past successes, present challenges and future partnerships – Udo Gattenloehner

Lough Neagh Pressures, Impacts and Partnership Working – Alison McCaw

Rivers Trusts and NIEA Working in partnership – Mark Horton

The Erne System Navigation – Joe Gillespie

Lough Neagh The Hidden Lough Symposium – Gerry Darby


UKILN 2011 2nd Annual Conference – Perth

WFD Drivers for Loch Improvements – Willie Duncan

Biodiversity Lochs Improvement Plane – James Davidson

Speeding up recovery from nutrient enrichment in Loch Flemington – Bryan Spears

Introduction to Irish Lochs – Gerry Darby

Update from the Broads – Andrea Kelly

Effective Stakeholder Engagement – Diana Pound

River basin planning engagement – Anna Griffin

Local Experience Stakeholder Engagement at Linlithgow Loch – Andy Smart

The Scottish Crannog Centre – Nick Dixon

Protecting Lake Poyang

Last October I attended the 14th International Living Lakes Conference at Lake Poyang, Jiangxi Province China. (Global Nature Fund)

Lake Poyang, like many of the Chinese lakes, are large in surface area but relatively shallow being on the eastern side of the country. In the dry season the lakes shrink massively, some by a third, making it difficult to maintain the natural hydrosere and all that is valuable with those transient wetlands. Farmers are now being forced to return this valuable transient farm land to natural vegetation.

Many of the problems associated with poor city infrastructure is being addressed as cities develop new towns on greenfield sites and put in contemporary sewerage and sewage treatment infrastructures, but there still remains the perennial problems of providing “adequate sewage treatment” in rural areas which of course affects the upstream watersheds of these lakes -but without the investment enjoyed in the cities.

An experiment of approx. 200 villages around Lake Poyang is looking at low cost, low energy, sustainable waste water treatment which captures the energy and minerals associated with sewage treatment, converting it to valuable products. (mainly food.) One village I visited started with a variation of green filters, but then passed the treated water through rice paddies and other fields before discharging to the lake via fish ponds. The system significantly reduces both organic matter and removes nutrients especially phosphorus, converting them to usable products.

At the moment these are experimental but have all the opportunities of fine tuning to be then rolled over at least in principal to other areas of the catchment.

Whilst our UK and Irish climate, geography and lake catchment size is very different to that in Jiangxi Province, some of the ideas may be transferable. Are there any examples we have of using these principals?

For further information contact:-

John Pinder 01931 712 540 or

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John pinder