Riverfly volunteers wanted!

Are you interested in finding out about aquatic life in the Teign? Do you want to know more about the mayflies and caddisflies that live in the river? Want to get into the river and get hands on?

We are looking for volunteers to join our Riverfly scheme across the Teign catchment. Riverfly is a scheme that runs nationwide, and samples aquatic invertebrates as a way of monitoring the health of a river.

The Riverfly Partnership is a network of organisations, representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant authorities, working together to protect the water quality of our rivers and further the understanding of riverfly populations. Anglers and local community groups are often seen as natural guardians of the river environment, because they are in an ideal position to monitor the health of the watercourses they fish and live near. The Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) has been pioneered by the Riverfly Partnership to provide a simple, standardised monitoring technique which groups can use to detect any severe perturbations in river water quality. We have a Teign Co-ordinator who will collate results and is our link with the Environment Agency, meaning we can quickly raise the alert if we find something is of concern in the river.

In the Teign catchment, we survey in May, July and September. The survey involves kick sampling in the river, and then ID’ing what you have found. All equipment is provided, and we will be running a training day in April which all new volunteers will need to attend before surveying in May. We have some sites where we would like to have some surveys done, but we are also very happy for you to sample where you live, or where you walk. Many people sign up with a spouse, neighbour or friend – the more the merrier we say! You don’t need any previous experience, and you’ll receive an ID guide as part of the training.

If you are interested in taking part, or finding out more, we would love to hear from you! Just visit the Contact Us page and we’ll get back to you.