Riverfly Monitoring Volunteers

Stuart Crofts

The LCSP organised its fourth successful training event in August to train a further twelve volunteers. This means we now have over 30 volunteers monitoring the health of sections of chalk streams throughout Lincolnshire.

Stuart Crofts on behalf of the Riverfly partnership delivered specialist training, with expert help from Chris Extence from the Environment Agency.

The day was a great success, with some great feedback from the new recruits. All the volunteers went home kitted out with waders, buoyancy aids and the survey kit. Huge thanks go to everyone at Donington on Bain village hall, the landowner at Donington on Bain Mill for allowing us the use of the stretch of the Bain for the practical part of the course, Myers of Horncastle some delicious food and the owners of the Black Horse for letting us use their carpark . We are also grateful to WREN for their support with grant funds to supply the volunteers with the specialist surveying kits.

In addition to training up new volunteers, we also provided a day of refresher training for the current volunteers. This was the second time we had run refresher training and the learning was based around the use of keys to further volunteers' knowledge on the fascinating study of aquatic invertebrates. Once again the feedback was great from all volunteers.

The LCSP has funding from WREN to train up more volunteers. This will be led by Montoring Officer, Will Bartle.

We already have a waiting list for the next training day which will be in August 2017. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please email


Click on the map below to open up an interactive map of our survey sites!


Training in the classroom



Training in the field


Cased Caddisflies


Identifying the catch!


About the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative

The Riverfly Partnership spearheads an initiative to allow interested groups to take action that will help conserve the river environment. This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique which groups can use to detect any severe perturbations in river water quality and puts them in direct communication with the local Ecological Contact of the Environment Agency (EA).

The Riverfly Partnership Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (RMI):

  • enables an informed dialogue on the biological water quality of the rivers with the EA
  • ensures that severe falls in water quality are highlighted ensuring early action by the EA
  • acts as a deterrent to potential polluters
  • builds a long term dataset for the rivers

The monitoring scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by the EA ensures that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe perturbations be detected. Further, the monitoring initiative acts as a deterrent to incidental polluters. Successful schemes are underway within catchments in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

For more information visit their website: Riverfly Partnership




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