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

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

2017

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

Riverfly Partnership host, the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) offers a range of courses that can help you do just that. The following provides a short explanation of ARMI and the logical ‘next steps’: Entomology for Anglers levels 1-3, and the Sampling and Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates course.  

ARMI is a bottom up citizen science initiative that facilitates regular monitoring of river water quality by trained volunteer monitors at river sites across the UK, to complement the more detailed work carried out by the UK environmental Agencies, i.e., the Environment Agency (EA) in England, 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, and, 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.

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.

Full details about the Entomology for Anglers and Sampling and Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates course are available on the FBA website, in the 2017 course programme.

For those individuals who have already completed Entomology for Anglers level 1 and 2: Entomology for Anglers level 3 will be run at FBA Windermere, Cumbria on Saturday 30th September 2017; cost: £65.00.  

 

For those with more experience, an accredited course, Invertebrate identification for biotic assessment (including examination) is taking place at FBA Windermere, Cumbria on Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th November 2017; cost £600; early bird £585; FBA member £575.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MONITOR RIVER INSECTS IN THE SEVERN CATCHMENT
Severn Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Catchment Based Approach Partnerships, is offering Riverfly training days in 2017 for anyone interested in monitoring the health of their local river. The workshops are free to attend and lunch is provided, timings are from 9.30am to 4pm. Places are available at workshops on the following dates in 2017.

 

Wednesday 26th April – River Evenlode Catchment (Upper Thames area)
Saturday 6th May - River Frome, Stroud, (Severn Vale Catchment)
Thursday 11th May - River Teme (Lower Catchment Area)
Tuesday 27th June - Afon Vyrnwy, Meifod, Powys (Severn Uplands)
Tuesday 12th September - River Teme (Upper Catchment Area)

To reserve a place on any of these workshops please contact admin@severnriverstrust.com or call 01886 888394 for further details or to book a place. www.severnriverstrust.com.

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Do you want to help monitor the health of the Herts and Chilterns chalk streams?

The Herts, Middlesex and Chilterns Riverfly Hub announce it's first two training courses of 2017. The first will take place on Saturday 29 April 2017 on the River Mimram at Digswell (near Welwyn Garden City) in Hertfordshire. The second will be held on Saturday 13 May 2017 on the River Chess at Latimer Park Farm, Latimer Road, Chesham.

Each course will start at 10am and will finish around 4.30pm. The course fee is £35 which includes the day's training, provision of an information pack and light refreshments (you will need to bring a packed lunch). Attendees who go on to monitor rivers in the Colne and Lea catchments in connection with the Anglers' Riverfly Monitoring Initiative will be given access to the required sampling kit (retail cost in the region of £100).

To book a place or to get further information, e-mail riverflies@hmwt.org now. Please indicate which venue you would prefer to attend.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MONITOR RIVER INSECTS IN THE SEVERN CATCHMENT
Severn Rivers Trust, in partnership with the Catchment Based Approach Partnerships, is offering Riverfly training days in 2017 for anyone interested in monitoring the health of their local river. The workshops are free to attend and lunch is provided, timings are from 9.30am to 4pm. Places are available at workshops on the following dates in 2017.

Wednesday 26th April – River Evenlode Catchment (Upper Thames area)
Saturday 6th May - River Frome, Stroud, (Severn Vale Catchment)
Thursday 11th May - River Teme (Lower Catchment Area)
Tuesday 27th June - Afon Vyrnwy, Meifod, Powys (Severn Uplands)
Tuesday 12th September - River Teme (Upper Catchment Area)

To reserve a place on any of these workshops please contact admin@severnriverstrust.com or call 01886 888394 for further details or to book a place. www.severnriverstrust.com.