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Volunteers Help To Monitor Rare Chalk Streams

Experts from the Environment Agency recently delivered a training session via the Riverfly Partnership to ARMI monitors on the Great Eau, a rare chalk stream in Lincolnshire. 

Chalk streams are almost exclusively found in England. They feature aquifers that give rise to clean and clear water. Their unique geology and conditions support a vast array of wildlife. 

The Lincolnshire chalk streams project now has an incredible 42 volunteers surveying at 34 key sites in and around the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. 

The work achieved by volunteers has proved invaluable for reporting non-native species and for monitoring recovery following pollution events in the area. 

It's absolutely fantastic that so many volunteers are willing to dedicate their time to monitoring the chalk streams, and to learn how to survey riverflies- a vital part of the delicate chalk stream ecosystem.

-Will Bartle, monitoring officer, Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project 

For more details, including how to get involved in next seasons training event, please click here. 

New ARMI volunteers needed in Yorkshire

The Totally Thames Festival is in Full Swing

Totally Thames, presented by the Thames Festival Trust, is a festival that runs throughout September and hosts a myriad of Thames inspired events across London.

There are boat races, archaelogical walks, a riverside concert, an art exhibition, talks and more. All inspired by  the great river. 

For a full programme please CLICK HERE for their events page. 

 

The Feather Heist

The radio show 'This American Life' has made a programme about the unusual story of Edwin Rist, a flute player and fly tyer who stole 299 bird specimens collected by Alfred Russel Wallace from the Natural History Museum at Tring. 

Click Here to listen to 'The Feather Heist' online

'Insect declines: new alarm over mayfly is ‘tip of iceberg’, warn experts'

Click HERE to read Damian Carrington's full artice (The Guardian, 11th January 2017) about impacts of low level pollution on mayfly egg survival in many English rivers; includes comment from Paul Knight, Salmon and Trout Conservation CEO, and DR Nick Everall, Aquascience Consultancy Limited. Further evidence of the crucial role that ARMI volunteers and partners have to play in protecting out rivers. 

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