Category: News

Trout at Transition art trail opening

Next week we’ll be opening a riverside art trail as part of Biggar Little Festival. The trail will consist of artwork produced by pupils of Biggar High School during our Trout at Transition project and we are very excited about more »

Posted in Camps Water, Clyde Catchment, Education, Glengonnar Water, Mouse Water, News

Fish kill report

We have received the final report from Marine Scotland’s Fish Health Inspectorate on the fish kill that occurred in the Gryfe and Kelvin catchments throughout August and September. Fish collected from the Gryfe were analysed for disease and a number of pathogens were detected (bacterial, more »

Posted in Angling, Clyde Catchment, News, River Gryfe, River Kelvin, Uncategorized

Duncanrig students take the plunge

This term at Duncanrig Secondary some new students were getting to grips with riverfly monitoring for the first time as part of their biology lessons. Their local burn, a small tributary of the Kittoch Water, flows beneath the school and more »

Posted in crimp_news, Education, News, White Cart Water

CRIMP Training – 24th October 2015

Interested in looking after your local river? The Clyde River Foundation will run a ‘CRIMP’ workshop on Saturday 24th October 2015. Twelve places are available to anyone who wishes to learn the standardised methodology for riverfly monitoring and is interested in taking more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Foundation work, News, Uncategorized

Clyde in the Classroom 2016

We are now booking for Clyde in the Classroom 2016, a hands-on project in which children raise brown trout from eggs to fry before releasing them into their local river or burn. The project webpage is www.clydeintheclassroom.com and if you’d like to more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Education, News

Clyde invertebrate samples become part of Hunterian collection thanks to paid internship

Aquatic invertebrate samples from the Clyde catchment have become part of the Hunterian Zoology Museum collection thanks to an internship delivered through the Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) programme. In June we were joined by Katie Grimmond – a Zoology more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Education, Foundation work, News, Uncategorized

Lots of CRIMPing on the Kelvin

We caught up with two ‘long-standing’ dedicated riverfly monitors Allan Twigg (Friends of the River Kelvin) and Ernest Atlee (Caurnie Angling Club). Both have been sampling on the River Kelvin since early 2013 and we felt it would be a more »

Posted in crimp_news, Foundation work, News, River Kelvin, Uncategorized

New American signal crayfish populations in the Clyde catchment

We have had two reports of “new” populations of American signal crayfish in the River Clyde catchment this week, one of which we have confirmed and the other we will be investigating further. While these populations of the alien species more »

Posted in Angling, Clyde Catchment, Invasive Non-Native Species, News

Clyde fish kill extends to the River Kelvin

The fish kill reported last Friday on the River Gryffe (article here) is ongoing and affected fish have been seen in the River Kelvin this week. Since appealing for sightings on Monday, the Clyde River Foundation has received several reports of more »

Posted in Angling, Clyde Catchment, News, River Gryfe, River Kelvin

Another potential problem on the River Gryffe…

Further to the ongoing fish kill, we have been informed of a pollution incident on a tributary of the Gryffe – the Dargavel Burn. The photographs (taken today by Alan Beaton of the Bridge of Weir Angling Club) show what more »

Posted in Black Cart Water, Clyde Catchment, News, River Gryfe

Fish kill on the River Gryffe

A fish kill was discovered on the River Gryffe in Renfrewshire over the weekend by Alan Beaton of the Bridge of Weir Angling Club (BoWAC) and Sandy Ritchie of Paisley Abercorn Angling Club. Alan took measurements and photographs of eleven dead more »

Posted in Angling, Black Cart Water, Clyde Catchment, News, River Gryfe, Uncategorized

Bridge of Weir AC riverfly monitoring

The Bridge of Weir Angling Club are keeping very up to date with their sampling regime. We caught up with them and particularly Peter Rentoul who was trained last year and has since taken over the sampling site on the more »

Posted in crimp_news, News, River Gryfe, Uncategorized

Refresher sessions in full swing

Between 2013 and 2015 the Clyde River Foundation trained a total of 113 ‘CRIMP’ monitors, from 24 organisations over eleven training courses. The riverfly enthusiasts or ‘CRIMPers’ who are helping protect their river’s water quality have been visited by project staff to more »

Posted in crimp_news, Invasive Non-Native Species, News, River Kelvin

INNS OUT – free invasive plant workshops

Interested in learning more about invasive non-native plant species? We are running a series of outdoor workshops as part of ‘INNS OUT’ – a partnership between Clyde River Foundation, Clyde and Avon Valley Partnership and Central Scotland Green Network. Come along and more »

Posted in Education, Invasive Non-Native Species, News

CRIMP refresher sessions – book now!

We’re pleased to say that our CRIMP volunteers have taken over 450 samples since we started riverfly monitoring on the River Clyde. That’s 80,321 mini beasts counted, scored and uploaded to the database! We’re impressed! Thank you to our dedicated more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, News

Schools and communities in the West of Scotland get active in new river adoption project

Pupils across the River Clyde and River Ayr catchments have taken on the challenge of caring for their local rivers in a new project called ‘Healthy Rivers, Healthy Communities’. The project, which is delivered by the Clyde River Foundation in partnership with more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Education, News

Galloway Fisheries Trust join the Riverfly Partnership

Last week on behalf of the Riverfly Partnership, the Clyde River Foundation delivered two training workshops in Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet. The two training courses which took place on the River Cree and the Water of Fleet have more »

Posted in crimp_news, News, Uncategorized

Giant hogweed toxicity warning

Giant hogweed is a toxic plant found throughout Scotland. The plant is one of several invasive non-native plant species found in the River Clyde catchment but it stands out due to the risk it poses to human health, as highlighted by more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Invasive Non-Native Species, News, River Kelvin, White Cart Water

Management strategy for invasive plants on the Clyde

We are currently undertaking a survey of invasive non-native plant species across the River Clyde catchment upstream of Glasgow Tidal Weir. The work, which is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage​, will be used to inform a management strategy for invasive more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Foundation work, Invasive Non-Native Species, News

Scotland to Sargasso

Last week pupils from Lanarkshire became the first in Scotland to release European eels into the wild in a pilot of a new project called Scotland to Sargasso. Based on the Avon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Spawn to be Wild’ project, Scotland to Sargasso more »

Posted in Education, News, Uncategorized

Diseased salmon caught on River Kelvin

A female adult salmon in very poor condition was brought to us by a member of the River Kelvin Angling Association today after being caught last night near Kelvinhall. The fish had extensive pathology around the head and tail but showed no signs of more »

Posted in Angling, News, River Kelvin

CRIMP Sharing Good Practice

The report from the recent Sharing Good Practice event is now available on the SNH website link http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A1665462.pdf. This explored opportunities for getting involved in surveying the local environment, and focused on practical approaches to monitoring the quality of air, water, soil more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

CRIMP in the community

Quarriers (http://www.quarriers.org.uk/) is the most recent group to sign up to ‘Caring for the Clyde’ by joining the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. Last month volunteer Alistair Baird became a certified CRIMPer and has since been out a few times to more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Board Burn monitored by local community

Members from the newly established ‘Board Burn Improvement Group’ have taken to their local river to understand more about the fly life living in the watercourse that runs right under Twechar Main Street and next to the community centre and more »

Posted in crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

The Green Water, Gryfe and Blacketty are under watch

CRIMP welcomes Elaine Gallaher and Barrie Dean to the Strathgryfe monitoring group.  Thanks to them, the communities who fish the Gryfe Water as part of Strathgryfe Angling Association have got almost all the bases covered! They recently added the Blacketty Water, more »

Posted in crimp_news, News, River Gryfe

South Lanarkshire Council Outdoor Learning Showcase

Jacqui Meldrum and Christine Matthews, biology teachers from Duncanrig Secondary School attended the South Lanarkshire Council Outdoor Learning Showcase event last Thursday 21st May at the Popinjay Hotel. Jacqui and Christine set up at stall where they promoted CRIMP and more »

Posted in crimp_news, Education, News

Pupils make a splash in the glen with Greener Greenock

Around 100 Greenock school children have been gaining hands-on eco-experience of their local river system as part of Greener Greenock, a new project led by the Clyde River Foundation. Working with the Clyde River Foundation scientists, pupils have been assessing more »

Posted in Education, Foundation work

Clyde in the Classroom Competition Winner

We had an amazing response to this year’s Clyde in the Classroom competition, receiving over 600 eco bag design entries in total! The theme ‘Caring for the Clyde’ inspired a whole variety of amazing designs, but we are delighted to more »

Posted in Education, News, Uncategorized

Training in Twechar

We’re pleased to say that more volunteers have been added to the growing number of CRIMPers across the Clyde. This year residents in Twechar held their own training course and will soon have new monitoring locations on the Board Burn more »

Posted in crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

Citizen Science in the Community – Sharing Good Practice

The Clyde River Foundation attended the Scottish Natural Heritage event that looked at ongoing and new opportunities for getting involved in local environmental surveying – focusing on air, water and soil & land. It was attended by 85 participants from more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Carts Burn gets Greener Greenock treatment

We kicked off ‘Greener Greenock’ with pupils from St Patrick’s Primary at the Carts Burn yesterday. Pupils took the train from Drumfochar to Whinhill to spend a morning at the burn before heading back to school for an afternoon of more »

Posted in Education, Foundation work

CRIMP Winter 2014 Newsletter

It might be cold out but that hasn’t stopped our CRIMP volunteers from getting out and doing their bit over the winter! The project has been getting a fair bit of coverage in recent months; we were invited to speak at the 2015 more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Riverfly enthusiast Josh is Trout ‘N’ About

One of our younger citizen scientists Josh Maitland, East Kilbride Angling Club, has been out in all weathers surveying the Rotten Calder. Josh has been out regularly since he attended a training course at the end of August and the more »

Posted in Angling, crimp_news, News

Do you want to help care for the Clyde?

The Clyde River Foundation seeks to gauge interest amongst community groups and anglers with a love for rivers and their fly life. We hope to run a one-day training workshop that will introduce volunteers to riverfly monitoring and the monthly more »

Posted in Angling, crimp_news, Education, News

Third Caring for the Clyde – Citizen Science Meeting

On Saturday 7th March the Clyde River Foundation held its third ‘Caring for the Clyde’ citizen science meeting. The meeting was opened by Catchment Manager Dr. Willie Yeomans, after which Project Coordinator Lesley Deans gave an overview of CRIMP and presented more »

Posted in Angling, crimp_news, Education, News

Talking about citizen science – Conference for Nature

Last month, the Clyde River Foundation attended the 2015 Conference for Nature held at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh. The aim of the conference was “to look at how innovative projects can help address the State of Nature in Scotland, linking more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Glengonnar Water inspires Leadhills stained glass

Had a lovely trip up to Leadhills Primary School yesterday to spend the afternoon talking about the Glengonnar Water and its brown trout population. Many of the trout in the Glengonnar have black tails as a result of lead in more »

Posted in Education, Glengonnar Water, News

Now booking – Caring for the Clyde: 3rd Citizen Science Meeting

Are you interested in looking after your local river? Come along to ‘Caring for the Clyde’ on Saturday 7th March to find out how citizen scientists have been helping to care for the River Clyde. We’re delighted to have presentations more »

Posted in Angling, Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Education, News

Caring for the Clyde – 3rd Citizen Science Meeting

The Clyde River Foundation is hosting Caring for the Clyde – 3rd Citizen Science Meeting on Saturday 7th March. The line up so far: Riverfly Monitoring? – What’s been happening across the River Clyde catchment and how to get involved. more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Winter sampling with Mid-Clyde anglers

You could tell we’re almost at the shortest day when we met up with the Mid-Clyde Angling Club on the main stem of the Clyde last week. Alistair and Robert from the club, who are both new to CRIMP this more »

Posted in Angling, Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, News

CRIMP on camera

Angler and freshwater biologist-come-photographer, Josh Maitland has been braving the cold on the Rotten Calder once again this month. Keen CRIMPer, Josh, who trained in riverfly monitoring in August has been out sampling every month and this time uncovered caseless more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

CIRB Conference

Last week we went along to the CIRB End of Project Conference in Stranraer. The CIRB project (Controlling Priority Invasive Non-native Riparian Plants and Restoring Native Biodiversity) was a 4-year project aimed at controlling four invasive riparian plant species in more »

Posted in Invasive Non-Native Species, News

Riverfly Partnership Conference – what does the future hold?

On Wednesday 19th the Riverfly Partnership (RP) held a conference in the Natural History Museum, London, for the Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) coordinators and tutors. A series of talks were given from Steve Brooks (RP Chairman), Ben Fitch (ARMI more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Teachers and pupils help care for the Kittoch Water

Pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride are working with teachers to help monitor the health of their local burn, a tributary of the Kittoch Water. The school is one of four secondary schools to get involved in the Clyde more »

Posted in crimp_news, Education, News

Spaces left for Clyde in the Classroom 2015

Would your class like to take part in Clyde in the Classroom 2015? We have just 12 spaces left so please contact our Education Outreach Officer Caroline McGillivray on caroline.mcgillivray@glasgow.ac.uk if you’re interested! Find out more about Clyde in the Classroom more »

Posted in Education, News

British Ecological Society conference

Project Coordinator Lesley Deans attended the British Ecological Society Citizen Science conference titled ‘Citizen Science – Fit for the Future?’, at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford. The idea was to share and reflect on the experiences, challenges and more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

How clean is the Rotten Calder?

How clean is the Rotten Calder? Josh Maitland, Junior Secretary and member of the local angling club in East Kilbride has signed up to CRIMP to answer that very question. After attending the final CRIMP workshop in August, he visited the more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Clyde mitten crab on Russian TV

Last week we were joined in the field by a Russian TV crew (London-based) who were visiting Scotland to cover two stories; the bicentenary of the birth of the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov and the discovery of a Chinese mitten more »

Posted in Clyde Catchment, Invasive Non-Native Species, News

Number of CRIMP monitors passes the 100 mark

The final CRIMP workshop held at the end of August took the number of CRIMPers trained on the Clyde catchment into triple figures. Exactly 108 volunteers have registered with CRIMP since the project launched in March 2013. Attendees at the more »

Posted in crimp_news, News

Chinese mitten crab: update

We’ve had quite a lot of interest in the mitten crab story today. As we all know, the tabloids love a good scare story so I’d just like to point out a few facts about the discovery, or the so-called “Chinese more »

Posted in Invasive Non-Native Species, News