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We’re ‘Choosing and Using Citizen Science’

The Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) has been used as an example in a new best practice guide produced by SEPA and the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) titled ‘Choosing and Using Citizen Science: a guide to when and how to more »

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Website updates

We are in the process of updating the Clyde River Foundation website this week, so please bear with us while we make some much-needed changes! For anyone uploading CRIMP data, the CRIMP pages should remain the same.

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Darngaber under observation

Click  to here to read the first ‘CRIMP Update’ about the Darngaber which is under observation by anglers on the Avon Water. This is a just a taster of the quarterly electronic newsletters that are planned to come. The next full issue more »

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Final CRIMP training course – booking now

The final Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) training course will take place on Saturday 30th August. If you are interested in joining CRIMP and would like to learn the riverfly monitoring technique to carry out regular water quality checks on your local river, more »

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CRIMPing in Castlemilk

Pupils from Hollybrook Academy took to CRIMPing last week for an afternoon of outdoor learning. Teachers Graham Munro and John Sharkey brought their class of 16 to the Castlemilk Burn (a tributary of the Cityford Burn) to try out some more »

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Riverfly workshop on the White Cart

New monitors from Busby Angling Club, Avon Angling club and the Nuffield Foundation have joined the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) following a training workshop on the White Cart. During the practical session, CRIMPers spent time learning how to kick more »

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How healthy is your river?

Paul Knight, Salmon and Trout Association asks the question ‘How healthy is your River?’ in this month’s edition of Trout & Salmon magazine and encourages us as river enthusiasts to set our eyes on the flies. Paul said “Just a more »

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First Blue Winged Olive of the season

Whitelee Windfarm Countryside Rangers Rennie Mason and Maree Morrison may have spotted the first Blue Winged Olive (BWO) mayfly of the season. Rennie and Maree joined CRIMP last month and have begun surveying the burns that run through the Whitelee Windfarm. more »

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CRIMP – Linking citizen science with Curriculum for Excellence

CRIMP’s third workshop was attended by five teachers from Brannock High School, including head teacher Robert Colquhoun. Brannock High has previously been involved in the Clyde River Foundation’s initiative, Clyde in the Classroom. This time they are going to use more »

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CRIMPing in Quarriers

The first CRIMP workshop of 2014 was held in Quarriers Village on Saturday 26th April. New eager CRIMPers attended from Bridge of Weir (River) Angling Club, Duncanrig Secondary School,  Hollybrook Academy, Strathgryfe Angling Association and Whitelee Windfarm Countryside Ranger Service. more »

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CRIMP training available in May

Interested in riverfly monitoring? We have a few places still available on our Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) training courses on Saturday May 3rd and 10th. Contact the project coordinator Lesley Deans to book a place:       more »

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East Kilbride Angling Club open day

East Kilbride Angling Club invited us along to their open day event at Greenhills Library on Saturday April 12th. The club set up a fly-tying demo, kid’s crafts, a raffle and even a collection of the library’s fishing literature! We took along more »

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An afternoon with the beasties of the Brock Burn

Our riverfly expert Lesley joined the Dams to Darnley Country Park Rangers Joe and Eilidh on Saturday 22 March for a fun-filled afternoon of riverfly sampling and ID as part of National Science & Engineering Week. The rangers, both of whom more »

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Second Clyde Citizen Science Meeting – Caring for the Clyde a success!

Thanks to everyone who came along to Caring for the Clyde on Saturday 8th March. The event was well attended with a total of 51 delegates including representation from 18 organisations. The Clyde River Foundation’s Lesley Deans presented an overview more »

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Second Clyde Citizen Science Meeting – ‘Caring for the Clyde’

If you are interested in ‘Caring for the Clyde’ there are a number of ways you can get involved as ‘Citizen Scientists’. You may wish to participate in the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (‘CRIMP’, which was launched at our first meeting more »

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CRIMP – What’s happening in 2014?

The Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) got off to a great start in 2013. To find out what we have planned for the coming year, register today to attend our meeting on Saturday 8th March. Sign up for next year’s more »

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New Masters student adding value to CRIMP

Thomas Hobson (University of Glasgow) is undertaking his first MRes project on CRIMP, supervised by the Clyde River Foundation. His project sets out to determine the accuracy of CRIMP data (by looking at the sources of error in the sampling more »

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Girls’ Brigade get sampling for Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Avon Angling Association CRIMP team has been joined by members of Stonehouse Girls’ Brigade to undertake riverfly monitoring. Club secretary David Paterson thought it would be an excellent idea to involve members of the Girls’ Brigade, who are working more »

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Clydebelt Newsletter introduces CRIMP

Sam Gibson, one of our trained CRIMP volunteers in the Dalmuir Park area, is the Secretary of Clydebelt – a group dedicated to retaining and enhancing the heritage and green belt status of the Kilpatrick Hills and their surrounding environment in Clydebank, Dumbarton, Milngavie, Bearsden more »

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River Kelvin Angling Association get kick sampling…

Last month the guys from the Kelvin began their first monitoring day for CRIMP. It seems it was the last day of summer here in Glasgow but we took the opportunity to get out and about. Paul Reid (River Kelvin more »

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CRIMP gets underway on the Upper Avon

The Upper Avon Angling Association got going with their riverfly monitoring on September 14th. We chose six sites on the Upper Avon – that’s one each for the CRIMP volunteers to monitor on a monthly basis. It was a really more »

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CRIMP kick-off for Countryside Rangers

Countryside Rangers from Dams to Darnley Country Park are taking part in the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Parntership (CRIMP). They started sampling in July and have featured the project in their Autumn newsletter which is well worth a look! Again, thanks to everyone who’s been more »

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Major pollution incident detected by Riverfly Monitoring Group

A riverfly monitoring group on the River Kennet (a chalk stream tributary of the River Thames) was first to detect the effects of a pesticide making its way into the river.  Action for the River Kennet (ARK) volunteers noticed a more »

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CRIMP: the results are in…

The CRIMP data is rolling in from those who have been out sampling their local burn. Well done and thank you to everyone who has been out kicking, counting and collating! We are really pleased with the feedback of data more »

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CRIMP workshops complete!

Since the launch of the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) in March,  67 volunteers from 15 groups across the Clyde catchment have attended our CRIMP training workshops. Follow-up days are ongoing and involve the selection of sampling sites and a more »

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CRIMP training: in pictures

We’ve been uploading pictures from the CRIMP training days to the new ‘CRIMP Photos’ page. The albums are organised either by group or area – follow this link and see if you can spot yourself! Photos are still being added more »

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Caurnie Angling Club set the record!

CRIMP coordinator Lesley Gregg recently visited one of last month’s trainees, Mr. Ernie Atlee from Caurnie Angling Club. The club received their sampling kit to help them get started and they have chosen their first sampling site to monitored on more »

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SNH agree to bring forward training

The good news is here! The amount of interest in joining the CRIMP project and the enthusiasm generated at the CRIMP launch last month has been very encouraging. We at the Clyde River Foundation thought it would be ideal to offer training at an earlier more »

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First CRIMP workshop a success

The very first CRIMP workshop was held on Sunday 24th March at Strathclyde Country Park. All twelve workshop spaces were filled; three angling clubs were represented, with members of Lamington and District Angling Improvement Association (2 attendees), UCAPA Ltd (9 more »

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CRIMP Launch 17th March 2013

The CRIMP launch day was a great success – 73 delegates representing 28 organisations attended the meeting, which was held at the University of Glasgow. We were delighted to see Professor James Curran, Chief Executive of SEPA and champion of more »

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