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Riverfly Census

CRF : July 15, 2016 3:46 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

Spring 2015 saw the launch of the Salmon and Trout Conservation UK Riverfly Census. This involved taking invertebrate samples from five sites from each of the selected 12 rivers. The rivers being deliberately chosen based upon geographic and geological diversification.

Invertebrates are food not only for fish but also certain species of birds and mammals.

Understanding how and why the riverfly numbers are declining is the first step in the process of safeguarding the aquatic environment.

The Salmon and Trout Conservation UK says that Environment Agency historic data has been based upon family level and fails to address the question of abundance. S&TC UK Riverfly Census focuses on individual species and also abundance; so important as each species has specific tolerances to aquatic stresses.

The first Riverfly Census Report published earlier this year can be read here.  Visit the Salmon and Trout Conservation UK website for further information (http://www.salmon-trout.org/)

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4th National Riverfly Partnership Conference – Registration now open

CRF : July 1, 2016 9:50 am : Angling, crimp_news, News

Registration for the 4th National Riverfly Partnership Conference ‘Riverfly Monitoring and Beyond’ 06.01.16_riverfly_monitors
in the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London on Thursday 17th November 2016, is now open.

The conference will bring together organisations and individuals participating in the Riverfly Partnership and the Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).  The morning will focus on the role that ARMI plays within participating organisations. In the afternoon the theme will be on additional monitoring that volunteers can do to improve their knowledge of their rivers.

For full programme details and to purchase your ticket for the conference click the link below to visit the Eventbrite Riverfly Partnership Conference 2016 page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riverfly-conference-2016-tickets-25052942024

Please note that there is a limited capacity in the Flett Theatre so we advise that you purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

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Riverfly Partnership Photography Competition 2016

CRF : June 30, 2016 9:50 am : Angling, crimp_news, News

The Riverfly Partnership is excited to launch its 2016 national photography competition                                                                                                                  ‘Riverflies’* on 30th June The Riverfly Partnership 2016 photography competition poster2016. Digital photographs are invited from amateur and professional photographers featuring Riverflies’ in a natural freshwater habitat setting. A 1st prize of £500 is up for grabs which it is hoped will attract large numbers of entrants and help the Riverfly Partnership to promote the importance of Riverflies as indicators of river water quality. The competition is being sponsored by Pro>Media whose owner and founding Director, Mark Vesey-Thompson shares the concerns of every Riverfly monitor:

‘As a keen coarse & game angler, I am really pleased to offer support to the Riverfly Partnership and the important work that they are undertaking.’

 Competition entries will be judged according to a range of factors including technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity of composition by a panel of four experts. The Riverfly Partnership is extremely grateful to the judges for agreeing to take part, they are: fly fishing journalist, photographer and traveller Paul Procter; wildlife film maker and author Hugh Miles; writer, author and angler Kevin Parr; Pro>Media print specialist and photographer Mike Hamling.

Here’s what they had to say about being involved:

‘Often overlooked, invertebrates form a complicated fabric upon which most life depends.  This competition will hopefully create awareness about just how remarkable insects are and of the plight they face.  I’m therefore delighted and honoured to form part of the judging panel.’ – Paul Procter

‘I am excited by this opportunity to view the work of people whose skill I admire and of a subject that has never before been more pertinent or allegorical.’ – Kevin Parr

‘As a Print Specialist and a keen photographer I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience coupled with my interest in nature and wildlife to judge the forthcoming photographic competition.’ – Mike Hamling

 Full competition rules and details, including how to enter, can be found by visiting the Riverfly Partnership website: www.riverflies.org.

 

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Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative news

CRF : May 30, 2016 12:05 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

A very informative update from the ARMI coordinator Ben Fitch, download the Pdf to read all the recent news and developments. 

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The very latest in riverfly news from ‘SALMO TRUTTA’

CRF : May 30, 2016 11:51 am : Angling, crimp_news, Foundation work, News

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A recent article about riverfly monitoring published in Volume 19 of SALMO TRUTTA (The annual journal of the Wild Trout Trust) Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Caring for the Clyde – 4th Citizen Science Meeting a success!

CRF : February 29, 2016 4:00 pm : Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Education, News, Uncategorized

The Clyde River Foundation hosted it’s 4th Caring for the Clyde meeting yesterday celebrating three years of Citizen Science in the River Clyde catchment. Over fifty delegates gathered to hear talks from a variety of guest speakers. CRIMP coordinator Lesley Deans, Clyde River Foundation, opened the meeting by providing an overview of the achievements made by our riverfly monitors throughout the catchment.

Ben Fitch, Coordinator of The Riverfly Partnership, shared the most recent developments at the Riverfly Partnership as well as reporting on some pollution incidents picked up by Riverfly monitors in England. Ben also gave an up-to-date tour of the Riverflies Monitoring Database, developed by the Freshwater Biological Association.

Elaine Gallaher, Strathgryfe Angling Association, gave a captivating account of her experiences getting involved in riverfly monitoring since retiring and the learning and enjoyment that she has gained from it.

Theo Thomas, London Waterkeeper, was invited for a second year to talk about his passion for clean water on the River Thames and how one day residents and tourists alike should be able to use the river to bathe, like other European countries already do! Theo also showed how volunteers are using water testing kits to monitor E. coli levels in the river.

Michael Anderson, Development Officer for Science, Education Scotland, talked about citizen science in the context of education, outlining how citizen science activities can be used to deliver Curriculum for Excellence learning outcomes.

Finally William Yeomans, Clyde River Foundation, spoke of the Foundation’s future plans for Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. Thank you to all the delegates and guest speakers for making the day a real celebration of three years of citizen science and hopefully much more in the future!

If you would like to become a certified riverfly monitor please contact Ben Fitch to inquire about training opportunities in 2016 at ben@riverflies.org.

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Spotlight on our citizen scientists – 3. Bridge of Weir Angling Association

CRF : February 19, 2016 2:52 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News, River Gryfe

On Saturday 27th February ‘Caring for the Clyde’ will celebrate 3 years of citizen science in the River Clyde catchment. In the run-up to the event we’ll be highlighting some of the great groups involved in our biggest citizen science initiative, the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP).

Today we are championing our CRIMP team from the Bridge of Weir Angling Club. Members of the club joined CRIMP in May of 2013 and have been actively involved in monitoring stretches of the Gryfe catchment ever since. Their regular riverfly monitoring resulted in the detection of sewage debris on the Gotter Water last August which was passed on to SEPA for investigation – full story on page 2 of the newsletter here. If not for the team’s dedication it’s unlikely this problem would have been detected!

If you’d like to find out more about using citizen science to care for our rivers then we’d love to see you at Caring for the Clyde! Tickets are free and available here:https://4thcaringfortheclyde.eventbrite.co.uk

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Spotlight on our citizen scientists – 2. Hollybrook Academy

CRF : February 12, 2016 11:02 am : Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Education, News

On Saturday 27th February ‘Caring for the Clyde’ will celebrate 3 years of citizen science in the River Clyde catchment. In the run-up to the event we’ll be highlighting some of the great groups involved in our biggest citizen science initiative, the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP).

Today we’re focussing on the CRIMP team from Hollybrook Academy. The Glasgow school, which supports pupils with additional learning needs, is enthusiastic about outdoor learning and is actively involved in the John Muir Award scheme. Teacher Graham Munro became a trained CRIMP-er in 2014 and has been using the technique to deliver outdoor education with his classes at the Castlemilk Burn. At at last Caring for the Clyde meeting Mr Munro said that CRIMP was unique among many of the outdoor activities on offer in that it involves water and the “chance to splash about” and he talked of the real benefit it gives pupils, providing new skills and helping to build up resilience.

If you’d like to find out more about using citizen science to care for our rivers then we’d love to see you at Caring for the Clyde! Tickets are free and available here:https://4thcaringfortheclyde.eventbrite.co.uk

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Spotlight on our citizen scientists – 1. Quarriers

CRF : February 9, 2016 11:16 am : Angling, Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Education, News

On Saturday 27th February ‘Caring for the Clyde’ will celebrate 3 years of citizen science in the River Clyde catchment. In the run-up to the event we’ll be highlighting some of the great groups involved in our biggest citizen science initiative, the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP).

First up, we have Quarriers who are monitoring the Tollcross Burn in Tollcross Park. John Davidones, Quarriers Project Worker explained why they got involved: “My role as a support worker is to support people with disabilities to live independently and achieve their potential. The people who are joining CRIMP are all very keen anglers and wanted to learn more about the ecosystem of the waterways. The Clyde River Foundation has given us a great opportunity for them to do this, develop new skills and knowledge and encourages involvement in their local community.” The project also gets a mention Quarriers Annual Review 2015 (https://quarriers.org.uk/…/annual-review-2015choosing-how-…/).

If you’d like to find out more then we’d love to see you at Caring for the Clyde! Tickets are free and available here:https://4thcaringfortheclyde.eventbrite.co.uk

Keen anglers from Quarriers learning more about riverflies for the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. The group is now actively involved in monitoring the health of the Tollcross Burn.

Keen anglers from Quarriers learning more about riverflies for the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. The group is now actively involved in monitoring the health of the Tollcross Burn.

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Caring for the Clyde – 4th Citizen Science Meeting

CRF : December 21, 2015 1:00 pm : crimp_news, Education, News, Uncategorized

Come and celebrate 3 years of riverfly monitoring on the River Clyde at our 4th Citizen Science Meeting on Saturday 27th February 2016.

Interested in getting involved in citizen science whilst looking after your local river?

The Clyde River Foundation has been coordinating citizen science across the River Clyde catchment for three years and will hold its 4th Citizen Science Meeting on Saturday 27th February. This is an excellent opportunity to hear what’s been going on and whether you’re a member of a community group, school community, angler or just have an interest in your local river, you’re welcome to come along to our celebration event and hopefully get involved in the future of citizen science on the River Clyde!

We have a great line-up of speakers for the day including representatives from the Riverfly Partnership, Waterkeeper Alliance and Education Scotland.

Booking essential. Please book online at: https://4thcaringfortheclyde.eventbrite.co.uk

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Latest CRIMP newsletter

CRF : December 14, 2015 1:00 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

Find out everything that’s been happening Clyde wide in our latest newsletter below

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Planning to celebrate!

CRF : November 21, 2015 1:00 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

The Clyde River Foundation’s annual citizen science meeting will take place on Saturday 27th February. Caring for the Clyde will celebrate three years of coordinating CRIMP, our largest citizen science project, on the River Clyde.

We are very grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for supporting CRIMP and helping us to train over 100 monitors. We will continue to support our current monitors across the catchment and hope to secure further funding to continue to coordinate riverfly monitoring on the River Clyde. The Clyde River Foundation now has two trained and accredited tutors who are able to deliver further training workshops. If you are interested in becoming a riverfly monitor please get in touch – we may deliver more training workshops next year if there is significant demand.

Earlier this month we met with Ben Fitch, Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative Coordinator, SEPA and representatives from the, Annan, Almond, Forth, Galloway and Tweed Fisheries Trusts, all of whom have had a level of participation in riverfly monitoring within their catchments in the past.

We are very pleased to announce that Ben Fitch has agreed to be our guest speaker at our Citizen Science meeting in February. Ben will introduce the Riverfly Partnership’s new online repository, demonstrate its uses and functionality and talk about opportunities to join the Riverfly Partnership in Scotland.

 If you are interested in attending the Caring for the Clyde – Citizen Science meeting – contact us!

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Scottish Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) meeting outcomes

CRF : November 18, 2015 1:00 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News, Uncategorized

During the November meeting SEPA pledged continued support for Citizen Science and particularly riverfly monitoring. Some of the main outcomes from the meeting were to make significant progress in setting specific trigger levels for Clyde riverfly monitoring sites in 2016 and allocating a named SEPA Ecology contact for the River Clyde catchment to deal with the follow up of pollution incidents and SEPA investigations.

 

Another significant outcome is the planned transfer of CRIMP data to the National Riverfly Monitoring database. Over the winter period, Ben will register current monitoring sites with the transition to the new database taking place after the Caring for the Clyde meeting in February.

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Campsie Angling Association back in the river

CRF : October 9, 2015 4:00 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

We met with the Campsie Angling Association secretary Lawrence Meechan on the Glazert Water for a refresher in the riverfly monitoring technique. Lawrence attended one of the first Riverfly monitoring training courses on the River Clyde in 2012, before CRIMP was launched. Lawrence hopes to send some ‘new young blood’ along to a training course next year to pick up some riverfly monitoring skills and cover more sites in the headwaters of the River Kelvin.

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Duncanrig students take the plunge

CRF : September 1, 2015 2:47 pm : crimp_news, Education, News, White Cart Water

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 is a short walk away. One pupil donned chest waders to take a sample for the rest of the class to see what is thriving in the water right next to their school. As much of the river is culverted upstream in Westwood, the fly-life was slightly impoverished – not many of the groups found score on the ARMI index. The sample did however yield freshwater hog-louse, plenty of leeches and blackfly larvae! It was great to get outdoors and learn about the factors affecting biological water quality and biological indicators species!

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CRIMP Training – 24th October 2015

CRF : August 25, 2015 3:54 pm : Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Foundation work, News, Uncategorized

Sampling_BridgeofWeir_13.08.2015Interested 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 regular biological samples on their local burn. Attendance costs £35 per participant. The workshop will run from 09.30 – 1700, location tbc. For more information contact Lesley at the Clyde River Foundation. Booking is essential, please download a booking form here and return it to Lesley lesley.deans@glasgow.ac.uk.

 

 

 

 

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Lots of CRIMPing on the Kelvin

CRF : August 24, 2015 3:40 pm : crimp_news, Foundation work, News, River Kelvin, Uncategorized

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 good idea to drop in check everything was running smoothly! River levels have been particularly low of late which made for easy access for kick sampling. A lot of comments from our river fly monitors have mentioned the low water levels. Allan recently noted “River very low. No stonefly unlike the last sample. Exceptional number of Olives – concentration due to low water?” Ernie also mentioned the low flow, “Barely a trickle, one brown trout fry about three inches in length”. Ernie emailed to let us know that, “The trout you put back was the biggest (only one) I caught all day.”

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Bridge of Weir AC riverfly monitoring

CRF : August 13, 2015 3:09 pm : crimp_news, News, River Gryfe, Uncategorized

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 Carruth Burn, that handily runs through this garden and the Scart Burn, another tributary of the River Gryfe. If only every day looked like river-fly monitoring, in the sunshine and with a table and chairs – Keep up the great work guys!

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Refresher sessions in full swing

CRF : August 6, 2015 3:13 pm : crimp_news, Invasive Non-Native Species, News, River Kelvin

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 offer encouragement and ensure everything is running smoothly. Most recently we caught up with Stef Scott (Marine and Freshwater Biology undergraduate, University of Glasgow). On this occasion, despite the sunshine, the river level of the Allander Water was not in our favour. We did however note the sea of Himalayan Balsam lining the tributary of the River Kelvin and another clump of Skunk Cabbage under the Balmore Road bridge.

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CRIMP refresher sessions – book now!

CRF : July 24, 2015 4:39 pm : Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, News

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 team of volunteers who spend their spare time kicking around in their local stretch to help safeguard it’s water quality and deter polluters. If your CRIMP team could do with encouragement, coordinator Lesley Deans is offering a refresher session. Email Lesley: lesley.deans@glasgow.ac.uk to arrange your refresher session before the summer is out!

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Galloway Fisheries Trust join the Riverfly Partnership

CRF : July 20, 2015 11:46 am : crimp_news, News, Uncategorized

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 made the Galloway Fisheries Trust the latest trust in Scotland to join the growing national network of riverfly monitors. Rowan Armstrong, Galloway Fisheries Trust, will be coordinating the new monitors in the months to come helping them choose monitoring sites and setting up a data repository hub on the new ARMI database. CRF staff were happy to deliver two successful workshops and were quite relieved the rain held off for both days. Good luck to all the newly qualified monitors in Dumfries and Galloway!

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CRIMP Sharing Good Practice

CRF : June 24, 2015 10:16 am : crimp_news, News

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 and land. The Clyde River Foundation attended the event and used CRIMP as a showcase as part of a freshwater workshop. The report contains a full record of the day’s workshops and also many useful links to surveys and practical guidance and will be of interest to everyone involved as a contributor or organiser of citizen science environmental monitoring projects.

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CRIMP in the community

CRF : June 15, 2015 3:44 pm : crimp_news, News

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 practice his new skills. The CRF met with Alistair and John Davidones, Quarriers employee, along with a few of the guys they work with to try the sampling techniques in the river. John told us why they have got involved in the project – “Quarriers is a unique, inspirational Scottish charity which grew from one man’s vision to an organisation that helps people reach their potential. My role as a support worker is to support people with disabilities to live independently and achieve their potential. The people who are joining CRIMP are all very keen anglers and wanted to learn more about the ecosystem of the waterways, the Clyde River Foundation has given us a great opportunity for them to do this, develop new skills and knowledge and encourages involvement in their local community.” Alistair and John intend to sample regularly on the Tollcross Burn in Tollcross Park – we’re looking forward to seeing the results from this very urban burn.

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Board Burn monitored by local community

CRF : June 15, 2015 11:51 am : crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

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 recreation grounds. The locals are keen to keep an eye on any pressures they are concerned may affect the health of the river, such as farm run-off, quarries, sewage treatment works (STWs), combined sewer overflows (CSOs), recycling depots and housing development. Finally this month, now the rain has briefly ceased, the CRF met with the new members to help choose their sites from a strategic biological monitoring point of view. There are still a few more sites to choose later in the month but it was great to make a start! Thank you to Foundation Scotland for funding this community led project.

 

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The Green Water, Gryfe and Blacketty are under watch

CRF : June 10, 2015 10:05 am : crimp_news, News, River Gryfe

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, a small tributary of the River Gryfe to their sampling regime as well as another site of the Gryfe just above Kilmacolm. The Clyde River Foundation caught up with them to help out with the first monitoring session and catch up with ‘old hands’ who have been CRIMPing for a couple of years now. Alan Wright, committee member, said they really believe their monitoring presence is acting as a deterrent to potential polluters and are happy they are widening their coverage across the catchment with the addition of more monitors! We’re impressed with their dedication to looking after the river and hope it continues to safeguard the health of the River Gryfe and it’s feeder streams.

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South Lanarkshire Council Outdoor Learning Showcase

CRF : May 27, 2015 11:33 am : crimp_news, Education, News

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 other outdoor learning activities to primary and secondary schools within South Lanarkshire Council. Christine contacted the Clyde River Foundation today to tell us, “You may hear soon from other Secondary Schools regarding CRIMP – here’s hoping!” Thank you Jacqui and Christine for spreading your enthusiasm and promoting CRIMP!

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Training in Twechar

CRF : May 17, 2015 9:51 am : crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

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 to add to the increasing number of sites throughout the Kelvin catchment. Also in attendance at the workshop were two volunteers from Strathgryfe Angling Association and Alistair Baird who volunteers with Quarriers. Participants used the Board Burn that runs through Twechar as their practice sampling site. After lunch everyone had a closer look at the specimens under the microscope and identification skills were put to the test. Luckily they all passed and are now certified to start monitoring their local stretch! We are very grateful to Foundation Scotland for supporting the Twechar community in starting their own riverfly monitoring scheme on the Board Burn.

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Citizen Science in the Community – Sharing Good Practice

CRF : May 5, 2015 10:27 am : crimp_news, News

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 a wide range of disciplines including those working with community groups, young people and schools. The Foundation contributed to the Coasts and Freshwater workshop and shared their experiences coordinating and delivering the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. Our presentation on the day, along with a few others can be found here.  This event followed on from a series of citizen science events hosted by SNH, with a further event on the “Contribution of Citizen Science to Learning for Sustainability” planned 2016.

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CRIMP Winter 2014 Newsletter

CRF : March 31, 2015 12:11 pm : crimp_news, News

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 Conference for Nature in February and it was the focus of ‘Caring for the Clyde’ citizen science meeting in March. You can download the latest CRIMP newsletter here to find out more.

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Riverfly enthusiast Josh is Trout ‘N’ About

CRF : March 25, 2015 2:59 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

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 river appears to be looking healthy and fly life pretty steady so far. Check out his data below. Josh has also been posting his activity on his Facebook page Trout ‘N’ About: https://www.facebook.com/TroutNAboutFlyfishingSalmonidae. We’re loving your work Josh – well done!

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Do you want to help care for the Clyde?

CRF : March 25, 2015 2:53 pm : Angling, crimp_news, Education, News

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 sampling technique volunteers can do to help monitor changes in water quality and potential pollution events. If you’re interested in looking after your local river in this way then please drop Lesley an email to register your interest at lesley.deans@glasgow.ac.uk.

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Third Caring for the Clyde – Citizen Science Meeting

CRF : March 23, 2015 5:52 pm : Angling, crimp_news, Education, News

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 some highlights of the project to date as well as plans for the future. John Blair (President, Bridge of Weir Angling Club) gave a terrific account of CRIMP in action on the River Gryffe – it was great to hear about how CRIMP is being used as a boost for ensuring that the river is properly managed. After tea and cake Graham Munro (Teacher, Hollybrook Academy) gave us a heart-warming version of how he has been using CRIMP for outdoor education with his classes at the Castlemilk Burn. Graham explained that the school, which is for pupils with additional support needs, greatly values outdoor learning and is actively involved in the John Muir Award scheme. He said that CRIMP was unique among many of the outdoor activities on offer in that it involves water and the “chance to splash about” and he talked of the real benefit it gives pupils, providing new skills and helping to build up resilience. Finally, Jack Perks (www.jackperksphotography.com) shared some excellent stories of filming fish all over the UK followed by a short preview of the freshwater fish he’s managed to catch on camera. It was an excellent day and we’d like to say a great big thanks to our guest speakers, all of our citizen scientists and everyone who attended.

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Talking about citizen science – Conference for Nature

CRF : March 23, 2015 11:59 am : crimp_news, News

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 organisations, businesses and individuals who are forming groundbreaking partnerships”. This was an excellent opportunity to share the contribution that citizen scientists involved in CRIMP have made to Caring for the Clyde. It was great to talk about what has been happening across the River Clyde catchment on a local level, in particular how riverfly monitoring can detect severe changes in water quality and thus help to safeguard the fauna of rivers and burns for future generations.

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

CRF : February 10, 2015 11:24 am : Angling, Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, Education, News

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 from some of our experienced CRIMPers as well as special guest speaker Jack Perks.

Caring for the ClydeBooking essential via https://caringfortheclyde.eventbrite.co.uk/

The line up so far:

  • Riverfly Monitoring? – What’s been happening across the River Clyde catchment and how to get involved.
  • Kick sampling on the River Gryfe – John Blair, President, Bridge of Weir Angling Club
  • The Monitoring Experience – Graham Munro, Hollybrook Academy
  • ‘Filming freshwater fish of the British Isles’ – Jack Perks – Wildlife Photographer, is coming to speak to us about the exciting work he does.

 

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Caring for the Clyde – 3rd Citizen Science Meeting

CRF : January 26, 2015 3:07 pm : crimp_news, News

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.
  • Kick sampling on the River Gryfe – John Blair, President, Bridge of Weir Angling Club
  • The Monitoring Experience – Graham Munro, Hollybrook Academy
  • ‘Filming freshwater fish of the British Isles’ – Jack Perks – Wildlife Photographer, is coming to speak to us about the exciting work he does.

If you are interested in attending this event please email lesley.deans@glasgow.ac.uk for information.

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Winter sampling with Mid-Clyde anglers

CRF : December 8, 2014 4:20 pm : Angling, Clyde Catchment, crimp_news, News

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 year, found most of the groups in their kick sample but also turned up a few additional taxa not recorded in the CRIMP programme – pea mussels, limpets, hoglouse and a few leeches. It looks to us like a decent baseline for the River Clyde. Alistair and Robert will be checking the water quality on the waters where they fish in the hope that ‘fish-food’ is in plentiful supply and, with their eyes on the river, hopefully it should stay that way. Great work guys!

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CRIMP on camera

CRF : December 8, 2014 3:33 pm : crimp_news, News

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 caddis flies, a pleasant surprise. There was also a large ‘gadger’ that definitely wanted to make sure it was included in the record that day. Stoneflies and caddis flies are a sure sign that the burn is running clear and we hope to see more of the same great results in the future. Here are just a few of Josh’s great pics. If you take any photos whilst out sampling be sure to send them into us at the Clyde River Foundation., we’d love to see them!

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Riverfly Partnership Conference – what does the future hold?

CRF : November 24, 2014 4:02 pm : crimp_news, News

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 national coordinator) and many others. The Clyde River Foundation took the opportunity to attend and we were keen to discuss the progress and future plans for riverfly monitoring nationwide. Thanks to the Riverfly Partnership for the invitation and we look forward to making positive steps towards riverfly monitoring and protecting the water quality of the River Clyde.

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Teachers and pupils help care for the Kittoch Water

CRF : November 24, 2014 2:28 pm : crimp_news, Education, News

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 Riverfly Monitoring Partnership (CRIMP), with CRIMP-trained teachers incorporating the citizen science project into the curriculum. Biology teachers Mrs Meldrum and Mrs Matthews have been working with twenty S1 pupils on the burn since June. Their first venture hit the headlines in their local news paper, the East Kilbride News (see below) and the school recently shared their CRIMP activity in their Biology Department news; it’s great to see such positive publicity for the Kittoch Water and we’re proud that young people are taking an interest in their local river and the health of the riverfly populations.

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British Ecological Society conference

CRF : November 4, 2014 11:24 am : crimp_news, News

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 positives of choosing and using citizen science. The event followed on from the recent publication, ‘Choosing and Using Citizen Science’ a best practice guide produced by SEPA and the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). The conference was an excellent opportunity to learn from others carrying out similar projects and also to promote and raise awareness of the great work carried out on the Clyde by those involved in the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership.

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How clean is the Rotten Calder?

CRF : October 31, 2014 10:42 am : crimp_news, News

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 Rotten Calder last month to start his monitoring. There were a number of small stoneflies and mayflies on the wing that day and he may have found the last ‘Blue Winged Olive’ of the season in the sample. Disappointingly no caddis flies were picked up in his CRIMP sample, but let’s hope that the Rotten Calder doesn’t live up to its name – only time will tell in the months to come!

 

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Number of CRIMP monitors passes the 100 mark

CRF : October 7, 2014 4:26 pm : crimp_news, News

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 final workshop came from a wide variety of organisations, including a Bridge of Weir resident (who is lucky enough to have a burn in his back yard); bailiffs from the Mid-Clyde Angling Association; Josh Maitland (East Kilbride Angling Club); teachers from Parkhill Secondary School and a new Park Ranger in Dalmuir Park. The workshop took place at the University of Glasgow with the sample demonstration site on the River Kelvin. As well as riverfly ID we even got to brush up on our invasive non-native species (INNS) identification down on the banks of the Kelvin with the Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed all in full-bloom. ‘CHECK, CLEAN, DRY’ was learned first-hand on this occasion. We’re looking forward to adding new CRIMP sites to the monitoring programme soon!

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Upper Avon build on CRIMP data record

CRF : September 22, 2014 3:58 pm : crimp_news, News, Uncategorized

The Upper Avon Angling Club have been out sampling recently on four of their CRIMP sample sites. All but one of the sites have seen an improvement in the number and variety of fly-life since last year’s samples. It’s really great to see the occurrence of some very large stoneflies or ‘gadgers’; these ones found on the Upper Avon are in the ‘Perlidae’ family, one of eight families in the Stonefly group. The gills at the base of each leg or ‘hairy armpits’ are a giveaway for this family. The species, Perla bipuntata, is depicted by the pale last body segment (see photo below). It’s safe to say that the Upper Avon and the Calder Water are in safe hands and are looking healthy according to the latest results. Keep up the good work guys!

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CRIMPing on the Culter

CRF : August 18, 2014 4:34 pm : crimp_news, Culter Burn, Lamington Burn, News

CRIMPers from the Lamington and District Angling Improvement Association got kicking with their first sampling sessions on the Lamington Burn and Culter Water. Riverfly enthusiast Jim Lees, who writes his own fly fishing blog http://www.palewatery.com/blog/, and Marc Light, a keen angler from the club started monitoring their CRIMP sites last month. Jim and Marc who were both trained in March 2013, have been very busy working and at university. We caught up with them to choose their sites and we’re looking forward to seeing more healthy samples from these two tributaries of the River Clyde in the months to come.

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University of Glasgow student making valuable contribution to CRIMP

CRF : August 18, 2014 4:12 pm : crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

Marine and Freshwater Biology student, Stef Scott, is about to embark on her third year of study and is also volunteering her spare time to look after her local river, the Allander water.
Steph hopes to go into environmental consultancy after completing her degree; at the same time she has joined the network of CRIMPers on the River Kelvin monitoring fly-life. She said, ‘I’ve always had a love for bugs and beasties so CRIMP is a great way for me to indulge in my interests whilst contributing towards monitoring the health of the local rivers.’ Steph has been out and about this summer and started taking regular monthly samples on the tributary of the Kelvin. The Allander Water is a very productive burn and no wonder with the variety and magnitude of riverflies caught in her sample net. Great work Steph!

 

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Keeping watch on the White Cart

CRF : August 15, 2014 12:16 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News

New ‘CRIMPers’ from the Busby Angling Association have stepped up to keep watch over their local river the White Cart Water. Scott Ferguson and Ken Gillies, who trained up back in May, have strategically selected sites on the river to best pick up a problem if pollution occurs. Project Coordinator Lesley Deans visited the guys on their water to help them get up and running. Thankfully both up and downstream of the Kittoch Water confluence appeared healthy. Looking forward to their results in the months to come!

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Stopping the spread – Check, Clean, Dry

CRF : July 24, 2014 4:26 pm : Angling, crimp_news, Education, Invasive Non-Native Species, News

As we continue to track the spread of invasive non-native species (INNS) throughout the Clyde catchment we’d like to remind all river users of how you can help halt the spread of these harmful organisms. Remember these 3 simple steps: Check, Clean, Dry.

  • Check your equipment and clothing for live organisms – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect.
  • Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them.
  • Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.

Download ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ poster
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CRIMP in the Classroom

CRF : July 21, 2014 11:21 am : crimp_news, Education, Uncategorized

Duncanrig Secondary School, East Kilbride, recently started using CRIMP to cover aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence such as indicator species and pollution. Biology teachers Mrs Matthews and Mrs Meldrum attended training sessions earlier in the year to learn the sampling and identification skills used by CRIMP. S1 students made a trip to their nearest burn (a tributary of the Kittoch Water) to investigate the water quality using the CRIMP methodology. The burn flows right underneath the school and is a perfect sampling site. Pupils found all sorts of river life including pond snails, leeches, black-fly larvae, two caseless caddis fly larvae, freshwater hoglouse and one olive Baetid mayfly larva. Despite this diversity, most of the invertebrates found are pollution-tolerant and indicate that the water quality and habitat could be better. Nevertheless, the class are going to monitor the fly-life after the summer holidays and note any improvements or change in the invertebrate diversity. We’re proud that CRIMP is enhancing science lessons and encouraging outdoor learning at Duncanrig Secondary. Check out Duncanrig’s CRIMP photos here.

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It’s all go on the Gryfe!

CRF : July 14, 2014 4:56 pm : crimp_news, News

The River Gryfe catchment is now well covered by three dedicated teams of riverfly monitors. All three angling clubs (Paisley Abercorn Angling Club, Bridge of Weir (River) Angling Club and Strathgryfe Angling Association) have trained nineteen riverfly monitors in total and are keeping an eye on their sites on a regular basis. Check out the CRIMP Photos page to see pictures from each of the clubs. Great work guys!

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River Kelvin CRIMP coverage

CRF : July 10, 2014 2:08 pm : Angling, crimp_news, News, River Kelvin

The River Kelvin Angling Association to date has eleven trained and active monitors covering the catchment and its tributaries. This week we met with recently trained volunteers from the River Kelvin Angling Association to assist with choosing sampling sites. We were joined by Eilidh Morrison, who is completing a Nuffield Foundation Research Placement with the Clyde River Foundation. Eilidh will be looking at the first samples taken by CRIMPers throughout summer 2014. All photos can be viewed on the CRIMP Photos Page. Areas accounted for in the River Kelvin catchment include the Luggie Water and the Bothlin Burn and a number of sampling points on the main stem of the River Kelvin. However there is always room for more monitoring – other tributaries could benefit from the help of some dedicated citizen scientists! We would like to see the Board and Garrel Burn and the Glazert and Allander Water regularly checked for changes in water quality. If you are interested in getting involved and becoming a riverfly monitor there is still time to sign up to our 10th and final training workshop on August 30th. Contact Project Coordinator, Lesley Deans (lesley.deans@glasgow.ac.uk) for more details.

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