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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.

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.