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Resuming Monitoring **UPDATED August 26th**

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 apples to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

You are now able to resume monitoring. This is at individuals own discretion, nobody should in any way feel obliged to recommence monitoring.

 

Before you recommence monitoring please;

 

  1. Check that your volunteer insurance provides cover for ARMI activity in relation to coronavirus. (If you are a registered volunteer through the host organisation of your Riverfly group or hub, you can check this with your local coordinator. If you participate in ARMI independently, i.e., you are not officially registered as a volunteer with the host organisation of a ARMI group or hub, you will need to contact your insurer directly.
  2. Contact landowner(s) and fishery manager(s) to request permission to recommence monitoring activity at the current time.
  3. Follow all current ARMI Health and Safety protocols. This should include regularly sanitising hands with an appropriate hand alcohol, not only in accordance with government guidance for coronavirus but also with regard to other contaminants, pollutants, and infections that may be encountered as a result of monitoring activity (especially through contact with river water) such as Weil’s Disease. Please note that the World Health Organisation (WHO) published ‘Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 - Interim guidance’ on 29 July 2020 which states there is currently no evidence to support transmission in waste water. RNA can be detected but is non-transferable.

 

Observe the following additional protocols while sampling;

 

  • Maintain minimum 2 metres distance from others at all times
  • Carry a personal supply of appropriate hand alcohol and regularly to sanitise hands, especially immediately before and after using public transport, making contact with surfaces in the public domain (for example gates), making contact with monitoring equipment, and following contact with river water and anything else in the environment.
  • If you feel unwell please follow current government and NHS guidelines, and self isolate as appropriate.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before going monitoring.
  • Consider wearing gloves and face mask / covering (always adhere to government guidance about mandatory wearing of face masks / coverings)

 

For updates and current guidance relating to coronavirus visit Gov.uk/coronavirus and NHS.uk/coronavirus 

 

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

 

Logging in to your account

Some of you have been in contact with us to let us know you are having difficulties signing into and inputting data on the new Riverfly Partnership database. We are currently working to resolve these issues, with the expectation that these will be addressed by the beginning next week (commencing Monday 11th May).

You will be able to keep up to date with our progress on our homepage. We thank you for your continued support and patience at this time.

The Riverfly Partnership Team.

Database update - impact on logging in.

The Riverfly Partnership team are currently working to make the new database format live for users. While we are working on this, all user log in attempts will be blocked. Do not worry! This does not mean your account has been blocked indefinitely. 

We hope to have a working database available to you by Monday 4th May. Your user account will then be accessible again. If you have any further questions please use the 'Contact Us' section of the website.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

Changes on Our Website

You may have noticed our fresh new look. As well as updating our style we have trimmed down content, made our pages mobile-responsive, added new features to the databse, and dotted help text around the site.

You will find the most changes in our Data tab at the top of the page, where there are now lots of options to view and download the data.

We've also added a Forum. We hope this will become a community space for discussion on all things riverflies, including fish, monitoring, identification, river health and conservation.

If you get stuck you can refer to our new User Guide also available in the Resources section.

We are still making a few background changes. If you spot anything amiss, or have any suggestions please screenshot it if possible and send the details to us at Ben@riverflies.org or Alex@riverflies.org

From all the team at Riverfly and the FBA thank you so much for your patience and support. We hope you enjoy the new website.