Riverfly Monitoring Volunteers

Stuart Crofts

Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project - Riverfly Monitoring Initiative Volunteers

Since 2013 the Project has provided the means to train and equip volunteers to carry out regular aquatic invertebrate surveys of Lincolnshire's chalk streams. The surveying is part of a national initiative by the Riverfly Partnership who provide the professional trainer. The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project currently has 34 volunteers carrying out regular surveys.

About the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (RMI)

The Riverfly Partnership spearheads an initiative to allow interested groups to take action that will help conserve the river environment. This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique which groups can use to detect any severe perturbations in river water quality and puts them in direct communication with the local Ecological Contact of the Environment Agency (EA).

The Riverfly Partnership Riverfly Monitoring Initiative :

  • enables an informed dialogue on the biological water quality of the rivers with the EA
  • ensures that severe falls in water quality are highlighted ensuring early action by the EA
  • acts as a deterrent to potential polluters
  • builds a long term dataset for the rivers

The monitoring scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by the EA ensures that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe perturbations be detected. Further, the monitoring initiative acts as a deterrent to incidental polluters. Successful schemes are underway within catchments in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

For more information visit their website: Riverfly Partnership

Click on the map below to open up an interactive map of our survey sites!


Training in the classroom



Training in the field


Cased Caddisflies


Identifying the catch!





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