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Diary of Events

ABOUT ARMI WORKSHOPS

ARMI is a citizen science initiative that facilitates regular monitoring of river water quality by trained volunteer monitors at river sites across the UK. Our work complements the more detailed work carried out by the UK environmental Agencies; the Environment Agency (EA), the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The one day ARMI workshop provides standardised training in health & Safety, biosecurity, site selection, sampling methodology and equipment, identification and recording of the 8 ARMI target invertebrate groups, acute pollution detection and reporting.

It is important to attend this course if you want to carry out ARMI on your local waterway, in conjunction with your local ARMI group and EA ecology contact.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

In case you would like to attend but cannot see a listing for your area, please contact Ben Fitch via 

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Workshop in the Severn Catchment

Thursday 11th October in Churchstoke, Wales

Severn Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Catchment Based Approach Partnerships, is offering a Riverfly training day. The workshops is free to attend and lunch is provided, timings are from 9.30am to 4pm. 

To reserve a place please call the Severn Rivers Trust office at 01886 888394 or contact Lisa Barlow via 

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Workshop in Hertfordshire

Saturday 13th October on the Mimram at Digswell, 10:00-16:30

On the Mimram at Digswell, which is near Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. The total cost for the workshop is £35. This covers all aspects of the training, light refreshments (please bring your own lunch) and an information pack. Any attendees who go on to monitor within the Lea or Colne catchments may also be lent a monitoring kit (RRP £100) on a long term basis. 

To book a place please contact Simon Stebbings as soon as possible via 

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Workshops in Cornwall

Sunday 14th October, Launceston 

Monday 15th October, Newquay     

Both workshops are being run by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. They are free and all are welcome. Don't forget to bring lunch. Timings are 9:30-16:00. 

To book a place please call 01872 302246 or email:

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Workshop in Buckinghamshire

Saturday 3rd November on the Chess at Chenies Manor 9:30- 16:30

The workshop wil will take place on the Chess at Chenies Manor;WD3 BER. The total cost for the workshop is £35, this will cover all aspects of the training, light refreshments (please bring your own lunch) and an information pack. Any attendees who go on to monitor within the Coln and Lea catchments may also be lent the monitoring kit (RRP £100) on a long term basis. 

 To book a place please contact Alan Beeching via 

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OTHER RIVER EVENTS

 If you know of any events you would like to see here please contact 

 Art Exhibition at the National Waterways Museum, Cheshire

20th July- 2nd November

An exhibition of work from the Guild of Waterway Artists, formed in the 1980's these artists are also knowledgeable waterway enthusiasts. Many different styles and media are showcased, and all aspects of canals are covered.For the full details please click here

 

Let's Fish 2018

Brought to you by the Canal and Rivers Trust and the Angling Trust, this free annual event teaches kids across the country to fish!

Don't worry if you don't have your own bait and tackle, all the kit is provided, and level 2 coaches are on hand at every event.

To check the full listing and find an event near you please click here

 

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust's Christmas card competition

The theme is 'An Aquatic Christmas'

The competition is open to all ages, and all styles. The winning image will be featured on cards for BART's volunteers and staff, and the winner will receive a river related prize. Please send scanned entries to by the 4th November. 

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RIVERFLY COURSES

Are you an Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) Participant who is keen to further your freshwater invertebrate skills and knowledge?

The Riverfly Partnership host, the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) offers a range of courses that can help you do just that. 

The Entomology for Anglers (EfA) courses are designed to link freshwater invertebrate identification skills with angling observation and execution skills. Participants can progress through EfA levels 1-3, one after the other, developing larval identification beyond ARMI and introducing adult identification, and, covering fly-tying tips and information from Stuart Crofts and Andrew Dixon. As the course title suggests, EfA levels 1-3 offers knowledge and skills development for anglers and non-anglers alike.

The Sampling and Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates two-day course involves the collection and identification of aquatic invertebrates from running water habitats, features sampling methods, bankside sorting and lab-based identification, and, is a natural progression after completion of EfA levels 1, 2 and 3 or Riverfly ARMI training.

The Entomology for Anglers and Sampling and Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates courses have already run for this year.  They tend to take place in June. Details are available on the FBA website. 

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Riverfly Partnership (RP) events, talks and Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initaitive (ARMI) workshops are listed here.

Riverfly events and courses held by RP partner organisations are also listed. The Riverfly Partnership holds no responsibility for partner events and courses.