Rother Riverfly Scheme training workshop

When: Saturday 19 March 2016, 10:00 – 16:00

Where: Seaford College, Petworth, Lavington Pk, West Sussex GU28 0NB

Do you love your local stretch of the River Rother in West Sussex? Can you commit to a day of river monitoring a month? If you answered ‘Yes’ to both, then please join the Rother Riverfly Scheme and become a trained riverfly monitor.

The Rother Riverfly Scheme was set up in June 2015 to provide training to volunteers to monitor the health of rivers and streams in the River Rother catchment and beyond. The project is being delivered by a partnership of organisations, led by the Arun & Rother Rivers Trust (ARRT).

The next training workshop will be held on Saturday 19 th March during British Science Week , and is aimed at equipping people with the knowledge and skills to carry out a monthly riverbed survey, which will involve collecting riverfly (aquatic invertebrate) samples from the riverbed each month using a technique called ‘kick sampling’ and recording the presence and abundance of eight riverfly groups (e.g. mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies). The gathered data will help us establish a baseline of water quality across the catchment as well as to identify pollution problems.

A qualified surveyor will lead the session and all equipment will be provided. No prior knowledge is required and travel expenses will be reimbursed. We can only accommodate 12 volunteers per each workshop, so please book now so that you don’t miss out.

For information on how to take part, please contact either Kate Whitton, kate.whitton@rspb.org.uk or Vee Moore, projectdevelopmentofficer@arrt.org.uk .

The workshop is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and British Science Week.

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