Riverfly Surveying

Riverfly Surveying

Since 2013 the LCSP has provided the means to professionally train and equip volunteers to carry out regular aquatic invertebrate surveys on Lincolnshire’s chalk streams. The surveying is part of a national initiative by the Riverfly Partnership whom, have in the past, provided the professional trainer. We currently have over 40 volunteers regularly monitoring the health of their own bit of chalk stream.

How it works

The video introduces what Riverfly surveying involves, explains the history of the initiative and the current developments, and shows how the data has been used in different parts of the country. (2023)

New extended surveying technique launched nationally

In December 2020 an extended Riverfly surveying scheme was launched.

The scheme was developed in Lincolnshire by LCSP partners at the Environment Agency, who designed a system that adds to previous protocols, highlighting changes in water quality through recording invertebrates found living along rivers. Under the new scheme, their relative abundance helps those involved in river management to also assess sediment build up and changes in the rate of flow, and may pinpoint areas that require improvement.

“Citizen science has always been invaluable in the process of managing the water environment, never more so than now. With this initiative, we will be able to use volunteer data even more effectively, to protect and enhance our rivers and streams”.

Richard Chadd

Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer, Environment Agency