Whilst the Trust undertakes formal monitoring of the rivers by means of electro fishing, the rivers and any improvements can be monitored by local groups using a technique called ‘kicksampling’. As rivers are dynamic ecosystems, continual monitoring is important and the more data we can collect the fuller the picture becomes. For that reason, this citizen science is incredibly helpful.
Through the RiverLife project the Trust will be able to:
- Arrange training with the Riverfly Partnership for new and existing volunteers.
- Extending this training to groups outwith the angling community.
- Coordinate the existing trained volunteers on the two rivers.
- Provide equipment for the training and for issue to the volunteers
- Liaise with SEPA on monitoring locations and baseline data.
- Run an education programme with local primary schools.
- Undertaking talks to community groups on the project and the benefits of the work.