HMWT, the Environment Agency and Queen Mary University London are seeking volunteers who would be interested in being trained to conduct the new Modular River Surveys.
Whilst the Beane and Mimram are the pilot rivers, data from surveying any river in the Lea or Colne Catchment is useful and so this training is open to anyone as long as they are willing to complete at least one survey post training.
The new Modular River Survey has been developed by the Environment Agency and Queen Mary University London. Assessing the quality of physical habitat and functioning of river systems is vital for making sure that their management can sustain a healthy aquatic environment for our water dependent wildlife as well as providing fresh water and flood protection for our communities. The Modular River Survey – or ModRS – is a new way for river enthusiasts and citizen scientists to get involved with recording and assessing physical habitat and hydro-morphological functioning in their local rivers and streams. ModRS outputs will be of interest to anyone working within catchment partnerships or local groups with an interest in river monitoring and assessment. Records will be stored in the ModRS Database with outputs visible on catchment maps on the ModRS website.
A training course will be ran on 22nd October at the Boxmoor Trust centre in Hemel Hempstead and will take a full day to complete 10am-4pm including a classroom and practical session in the field.