Lakes - Macrophytes

Macrophytes provide habitats for fish and smaller animals; they bind sediments, protect banks, absorb nutrients and provide oxygenation. Macrophytes can indicate the impact of increased nutrients in lakes and are also influenced by other pressures such as water level change or acidification. The types and amount of macrophytes present in a lake can tell us how the lake ecosystem is working. 

The method statement published in 2009 for the first river basin planning cycle has now been updated for the second cycle, linked below.


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