2. Riverfly Monitoring

Themes: Education and monitoring; Ecology and morphology


  • Improve knowledge and understanding of the catchment
  • Increase public engagement and participation
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of pollution

Project description

This project will establish a new Riverfly Monitoring Group along the Lower Lea.

Riverfly monitoring is a national scheme whereby local volunteers are trained in how to sample for an identify a range of freshwater invertebrates.  Every month, pairs of volunteers will monitor the same site on their local river, building up a picture of the river's health and generating a score for the river each month.  If this score drops below a certain 'trigger level', it indicates there has been a pollution event and the Environment Agency will come and investigate.

Riverfly Monitoring is often described as a 'neighbourhood watch scheme for rivers'.

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Project lead: Chilterns Herts and Middlesex Riverfly Hub
Project partners: Landowners and local volunteers
Funding source: Affinity Water, Natural England, Colne Angling Consortium, Environment Agency
Project start: 2014
Project end: Ongoing
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Riverfly monitoring in progress

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