VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MONITOR RIVER INSECTS
A training day for anyone interested in monitoring the health of their local river is being offered by Severn Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Catchment Based Approach Partnerships.
As well as giving attendees a fascinating insight into the insects in the river, it will enable people to identify if there are problems with the river.
The day will include short presentations and practical demonstrations by the river. Participants will receive a guide to the method and have a chance to try it out for themselves. Following training participants will be qualified to carry out river insect monitoring and will receive a set of monitoring equipment to take away with them.
The initiative comes from The Riverfly Partnership, an organisation which enables anglers and local communities to take action that will help conserve the river environment. This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique, which can be used to detect any severe problems in river water quality. For more details about the Riverfly Partnership see www.riverflies.org.
This scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales, will ensure that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe problems be detected.
The workshops will from 9.30am to 4pm. These workshops are free of charge and includes lunch. Places are available at workshops on the following dates in 2017.
Wednesday 26th April – River Evenlode Catchment (Upper Thames area)
Saturday 6th May – River Frome, Stroud, (Severn Vale Catchment)
Thursday 11th May – River Teme (Lower Catchment Area)
Tuesday 27th June – Afon Vyrnwy, Meifod, Powys (Severn Uplands)
Tuesday 12th September – River Teme (Upper Catchment Area)
To reserve a place on any of these workshops please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01886 888394 for further details or to book a place.