Following on from the success of the inaugral National Riverfly Conference: Riverflies: a beacon for environmental quality, held at the Natural History Museum in 2004, the Riverfly Partnership hosted the second National Riverfly Conference on 8 March 2007, again at the Natural History Museum in London. The conference brought together 200 delegates representing the statutory bodies, fishing and conservation organisations, and academia. Delegates were welcomed by Malcolm Scoble, Head of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, and the conference was introduced by Paul Knight, Chair of the Riverfly Partnership. Keynote speeches by Dafydd Evans, Head of Fisheries for the Environment Agency, and Martin Salter MP, Chair of the All-Party Angling Group, provided the context for the day focussing on the role anglers can play in monitoring the health of Britain’s rivers. The conference saw the launch of the Angler’s Monitoring Initiative (AMI) and heard examples of how the AMI has enabled anglers to highlight changes in water quality on rivers in South Wales and in Ayrshire. Riverfly conservation and factors influencing riverfly abundance, including the impacts of sheep dip, changes in flow rate and water level, vegetation management, climate change, and eutrophication were highlighted.
A wide-ranging and lively panel discussion, responding to questions from the floor, was chaired by Jeremy Paxman during the afternoon sesion at the 2007 Riverfly Conference: How good is your river © The Natural History Museum
Buglife –The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Environment Agency, Fishmongers Hall, Freshwater Biological Association, National Biodiversity Network Trust, Natural England, Natural History Museum, Salmon & Trout Association, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and The Wild Trout Trust.
Riverfly Conference 2007 programme –DOC-File, 37.0 KB