About us

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 conserve riverfly habitats.  

This is achieved by:

  • providing a forum for raising issues affecting riverflies and developing consensus and collaborative action,
  • raising awareness of riverflies, and their importance to aquatic conservation and function, amongst the public and decision makers,
  • involving people in monitoring and recording riverflies,
  • offering leadership and disseminating expertise in the effective acquisition and interpretation of riverfly monitoring data,
  • stimulating scientific research to answer key questions about issues affecting riverflies,
  • improving the conservation status of riverfly species by securing healthy and sustainable populations,
  • increasing and promoting knowledge about positive management techniques,
  • seeking to form and influence debate of current issues.

As well as increasing the availability of this information the Riverfly Partnership will address declines in riverfly populations, including declines in overall abundance and threats to individual species.

The Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (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 environment agencies i.e the Environment Agency (EA) in England, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. 

Our trained monitors regularly visit freshwater sites across the UK to sample for our target 8 invertebrate groups. A scoring system based on the invertebrate quanitites allows any major pollution events to be detected, and reported to local environmental body contacts quickly. 

To view the data collected by our ARMI monitors please browse the ARMI Data menu on the Left Handside of this webpage. 

The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) hosts The Riverfly Partnership on behalf of the Partners as part of the FBAs active engagement in the management and conservation of the aquatic environment.