Drought fears for Meon Valley wildlife

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WILDLIFE in the Meon Valley could be under threat if drought-like conditions continue, MP George Hollingbery has warned.

He met Simon Moody from the Environment Agency to be briefed on the situation in his constituency.

Flows in the River Meon are at a 20-year low. Mr Hollingbery said: ‘The agency is most concerned about the dry weather affecting wildlife. The worst-case scenario is the flow in rivers like the Meon becoming so low that fish might have to be moved, with major knock-on effects for birds and mammals.’