We are the Tyne co-ordinator of the national Riverfly Partnership’s monitoring initiative. We have been training and supporting volunteers to record the health of their river via the RiverFly Monitoring programme since 2007. We have run 6 full day workshops to date and now have an excellent band of volunteers gathering data on pollution sensitive invertebrates in the river and tributaries throughout the Tyne catchment. This is an extremely effective method of identifying potential issues and pollution events.
The Riverfly collaboration was brought together in 2002 as a Natural History Museum / Natural England partnership. By 2004 the Riverfly Conference demonstrated overwhelming support for the monitoring initiative. It was endorsed by the Salmon and Trout Association leading to pilot phase collaboration with the Environment Agency and the associated publication being developed with the Field Studies Council. In 2006 a test version was trialled and by March 2007 the Anglers Monitoring Initiative had been launched nationally.
Our River Watch groups often find basic knowledge and equipment really useful. It’s always exciting to discover ‘What dwells beneath!’