Anglers are natural guardians of the river environment, and are in an ideal position to monitor the health of the watercourses they fish by observing the riverflies they aim to imitate with their artificial flies. The Riverfly Partnership is a network of nearly 100 partner organisations, representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant authorities, working together to protect the water quality of our rivers, further the understanding of riverfly populations and actively conserve riverfly habitats.
This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique which groups can use to detect any impacts on river water quality and puts them in direct communication with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. The monitoring scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by SEPA, ensures that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe impacts be detected. Furthermore, the monitoring initiative acts as a deterrent to incidental polluters. Successful schemes are underway within catchments in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Organisations interested in joining the initiative must have an individual prepared to act as a local coordinator (to act as a contact point between SEPA and the monitoring group) and have members attend an official one-day Riverfly Partnership workshop, run by an accredited riverfly partnership tutor. The workshop includes presentations and practical demonstrations.
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