Citizen Science: CRIMP


The Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP) is a citizen science project which aims to provide training in riverfly monitoring to volunteers across the eight counties of the River Clyde catchment. Riverfly monitoring can help protect the quality of our rivers, increase our knowledge and understanding of invertebrate populations and promote the conservation of their habitats. Volunteer involvement is important to the development of this project and will allow us to assess the sustainability and practical benefits of using the method on a large scale.  CRIMP provides an additional tool to inform management of the fishery and freshwater ecosystem. For example, we have had two recent examples of river pollution (one in Lanarkshire and one in Renfrewshire) where well-trained volunteers could have sampled the incidents more quickly than even the statutory bodies – we see this as a way of helping to protect your river, your fishery. CRIMP involves the Clyde River Foundation (CRF) coordinating monthly river health checks undertaken by specially trained volunteers.  We deliver training workshops in riverfly monitoring, followed by a half day site selection and sampling “run through” day with each monitoring group.  From there, volunteers monitor their given sites monthly and report their results to CRF.  CRF collate and check results, and report back every three months to contributing monitoring groups, with a facility for more rapid communication with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) if pollution is detected.

CRIMP Newsletter

In addition to a CRIMP newsletter we will issue CRIMP Updates ad hoc to cover any important issues that arise. CRIMP Update No. 1 available here.

CRIMP Monitors

We now have over 100 fully-trained CRIMP volunteers working across the Clyde catchment. They include members of angling clubs, countryside rangers and school teachers. The list below shows groups and organisations represented by our CRIMP monitors. Take a look at our CRIMP photos and CRIMP News to see what they’ve been up to and if you’re a CRIMP monitor yourself, please share your stories with us through email, Facebook or Twitter!

Avon Angling Club
Brannock High School
Bridge of Weir Angling Club
Busby Angling Association
Campsie Angling Association
Caurnie Angling Club
Dalmuir Park
Dams to Darnley Country Park
Douglas Water Angling Club
Duncanrig Secondary School (East Kilbride)
Hollybrook Academy
Lamington and District Angling Improvement Association
Paisley Abercorn Angling Club
Nuffield Foundation (Placement Student with CRF)
River Kelvin Angling Association
St Margaret’s High School (Airdrie)
Strathgryfe Angling Club
Twechar Community Action
United Clyde Angling Protective Association Limited (UCAPA Ltd.)
University of Glasgow (Marine Biology undergraduate)
Upper Avon Angling Association
Walton Angling Club
Whitelee Countryside Rangers