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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. 

Join the Hunt for the Northern February red stonefly in Scotland

Help Buglife Scotland to map the rivers in which the Northern February red stonefly (Brachyptera putata) lives (Scotland). More info HERE

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

Click HERE to read Damian Carrington's full article (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 & 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 our rivers. 

Brass, Three Down

Recently, the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) was asked to take part in a short film, entitled 'Brass, Three Down', about the history, heritage and environmental challenges facing Arctic Charr in Windermere.

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