The Riverfly Partnership is a dynamic network of organisations, representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant authorities, working together to: - protect the water quality of our rivers; - further the understanding of riverfly populations; - and actively conserve riverfly habitats. The Riverfly Partnership is hosted by the Freshwater Biological Association.


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Resuming Monitoring

A sampling net lies across a shallow river dappled with sunlight the words 'Riverfly and Safety' sit in a white box above the river

The following applies to England only. Please refrain from monitoring if you or your site(s) are in Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

If you are in England you may resume monitoring. This is at individuals own discretion and people should not feel in way obliged to start monitoring again.


If you would like to start monitoring please;

1. Check with landowners that they are ok with you undertaking the monitoring during the current pandemic

2. Ensure you take extra precautions if you are sampling downstream of a sewage treatment works, septic tank discharge or storm overflow. Covid -19 has been detected in sewage work effluent. There is research being undertaken to understand the significance of this and whether it poses a risk. Extra precautions could include wearing long rubber or other protective gloves and using alcohol hand gel or washing with soap immediately afterwards.


Observe the following additional protocols while sampling;

  • Remain two metres apart
  • Avoid public transport where possible
  • Travel separately if meeting anyone out of your household
  • Monitor with no more than one other person or members of your household
  • If you are feeling unwell please follow government guidelines and self isolate
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly before monitoring
  • Consider wearing gloves and mask


We hope you are staying well at this time. Riverfly monitoring can be a great way to connect with nature and enhance wellbeing. If you are able to safely, we hope you enjoy monitoring again.

Volunteers required for new study - ‘Nature up close and personal: A wellbeing experiment’

Thousands of volunteers from across the UK are needed to participate in a new citizen science project that will investigate the relationship between nature and people’s wellbeing. Participants in ‘Nature up close and personal: A wellbeing experiment’ will be asked to take part in simple, 10-minute, nature-based activities for five days across one week, before 25 August 2020 before giving feedback on their experience using an online form. 

Although links between nature based volunteer activities having positive impacts upon participants wellbeing are not new, scientists coordinating this project say it is the first time that researchers have combined citizen science and nature-connectedness to look at the impact on wellbeing. ‘Nature up close and personal: A wellbeing experiment’ is being jointly hosted by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), the University of Derby, and the British Science Association (BSA).

You can read more about the project here: https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/new-experiment-tests-link-between-nature-and-wellbeing, or to get involved use the following link: http://www.ceh.ac.uk/natureupclose

Punctuation - database updated

Good afternoon,

Having received some user feedback regarding data submission, we can now confirm that issues with the punctuation requirements in the comments section have been resolved.

If you were recently having issues submitting or confirming records, please try again at your convenience. 

As always, if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us through the contact form online.

The Riverfly Partnership Team

Riverfly Partnership reset your details on the new website

Dear User,


We hope you are staying well at this time. 


We have released the database on our new Riverfly Partnership website. 

We appreciate that you will not be monitoring at this time, but we have recently sent you an email with instructions to reset your account. 

Please reset your account to gain access to the new ARMI website. Your records and other account details remain the same. 

If you have any questions, please let us know via the 'contact us' page.