The Riverfly Partnership is a dynamic network of organisations representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists and waterway authorities. This network of key groups work together to protect the water quality of our rivers, promote research and understanding of riverfly populations and to conserve and improve riverfly habitat quality.
The Riverfly Monitoring Scheme encourages anglers and other local groups to test the quality of their local waters regularly. This means that the overall health of our inland waters is more thoroughly monitored and any concerns can be reported rapidly and effectively.
Please see the Riverfly Partnership website for more information about how to get involved.
The approved Riverfly Monitoring Kit contains:
* 1 x Professional Hand Net with 1mm mesh net bag (0.5m deep) - Standard, two-piece, three-peice handles available
* 1 x Large, heavy-duty white tray
* 1 x Nine-section divided tray
* 2 x Large pipettes
* 1 x FSC freshwater name trail
* 1 x 16 litre bucket with handle and lid
* 1 x Plastic spoon
* 1 x Paintbrush
* 2 x Magnifier
A stopwatch can be useful when monitoring for Riverfly schemes
I am a volunteer with Riverfly and have been issued with the standard kit. I find that the large pipettes are too coarse for sampling and the large sorting tray too big to fit into the bucket. Small pipettes are better and a tray that would fit into the bucket would make transportation so much better.
Personally as a Workshop tutor and a regular user of the kit with others in my fishing club, I find that the size of the tray is just right and although perhaps a smaller option could be made available? When there are two or three of us identifying and sorting the sample at the river bank, this gives enough room for the sample to be looked at by more than one person (speeding up the sorting) it also spreads out the sample making an educated estimate of abundance of species left in the tray much easier. The pipette I find very easy and it is not so smooth as to allow the little beats to slip back out!
It's unfortunate that there now only seem to be two spoons and two brushes.. My criticism would be the brushes are too stiff and the glue on them takes a long time to wash out before first use.