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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 WORKSHOPS

If you don't see an event for your area and would like to register interest, please contact Ben Fitch via 

CORNWALL Thursday 14th February

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust is running a free training day. No previous experience neccessary, just the ability to commit to taking a monthly river sample and becoming an ARMI monitor with the Riverfly Partnership. All the training is covered, including a practical. At the end of the day you recieve a free sampling kit, so you may start monitoring on your site right away. 

The event will take place at Porkellis Village Hall, Helston, TR13 0LD. From 10:00-16:00. Please bring wellies, waders and lunch. n.b no outdoor shoes in the training room. 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: please call Laura Fox via 01872 273939 extension: 246

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OTHER EVENTS

 These events are inspired by rivers and freshwater habitats. 


 Illuminated River

 Royal Festival Hall, daily from 8th Nov from 10am- 10pm

An ambitious public art project that uses stunning lght- art installations to showcase the Thames' bridges. 

For full details please see here.

If you know of any events you'd like to see posted here, please contact Alex via 

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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.