WildFish is the only independent charity in the UK campaigning for wild fish and their waters. Our goal is sustainable wild fish populations. We work to diminish the key threats to wild fish from open-net salmon farming, pollution and over-abstraction.
Contribution to the Atlas
Human activities put rivers under constant pressure from a variety of pollutants – almost everything we do on land has a consequence for our waterways. This pollution stops rivers supporting healthy populations of freshwater species. Despite this, government monitoring continues to decline in both frequency and coverage.
Through the Riverfly Census and SmartRivers, WildFish are helping to fill the data gap. Both projects use high resolution invertebrate monitoring to provide invaluable information on biodiversity and the water quality pressures impacting wild fish. The Riverfly Census is a professionally commissioned study, whereas SmartRivers is a scientifically robust, citizen science scheme.
- Riverfly Census - Aquatic invertebrate species occurrence, for the calculation of pressure biometric scores in English and Welsh rivers covering the period 2015 - 2018
Aquatic invertebrate species and abundances were obtained from 3 minute kick-sweep sampling to Environment Agency guidelines. In total 20 rivers were surveyed, typically for three years. Approximately five sample sites were chosen for each river and these were consistently used throughout the survey...
- SmartRivers - Aquatic invertebrate occurrence and pressure biometric scores in English, Welsh and Scottish rivers
SmartRivers - a member of the Riverfly Plus citizen science family - enables volunteer hubs, supported by an IFM certified training scheme, to monitor the water quality in their rivers to a near-professional standard. Aquatic invertebrate species and abundances are obtained from 3 minute kick-sweep sampling to Environment Agency guidelines...
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