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In this webinar, professor Alan Hildrew discusses his long established career in freshwater science, the early years and his involvement with the FBA.
*Apologies for the initial sound issues, these do abate around 5-10 minutes in*

Alan says:

“I was always interested in fresh water - having started out as a childhood fisherman (and now gone back to it). However, I always found the little things (though not too little!) - more interesting! My mother’s family had a farm on the Banks of the Swale in north Kent, so I spent time wandering the salt marshes there and dipping into the drainage dykes. I saw a mass of elvers migrate onto the marshes at a moonlit high tide, over the lip of a drainage sill, and it remains one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen. 

I was, and still am, mainly interested in the details of natural history and basic ecology, but have had at least to try to involve myself in policy and bigger scale issues - I don’t find it easy! I’ve been involved with the FBA for many years - I think I first visited Ferry House, to see Dr Macan, in 1968 or 69 (the 60s are a bit of a blur!). I particularly like small streams and am delighted at the new research interest in the importance of headwaters and temporary and intermittent streams. Now retired from professional research, I am writing a new textbook with Paul Giller (Cork and ex FBA Council) - which is now nearly finished, It has forced me to read widely and I have learned a lot (I hope)."

Associated links:
Alan's Biography
Queen Mary's University of London

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