Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund the Severn Rivers Trust has trained 30 new Riverfly monitors across the Teme Catchment.
The Project which ran from September 2013 to August 2014 was through the Sharing Heritage Programme. We hosted two training sessions for local people to become riverfly monitors on their patch of river, a celebration for all our monitors at Worcester University and increased our work with the Teme Catchment Partnership and volunteer groups across the catchment.
The project was an example of a ‘citizen science’ project teaching local people the importance of Riverfly monitoring on the river.
The Teme is one of the most beautiful rivers in the UK. It is home to iconic species such as the Otter, Kingfisher and the internationally important freshwater pearl mussel. Our Riverfly monitors are now surveying their river reach on a monthly basis so we can see the changes in river quality and biodiversity when it happens. The volunteers are now producing monthly monitoring reports which will help the Trust manage and improve the river into the future.