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River invertebrate monitoring for anglers

Richard Slocock and I recently attended a course run by the “Riverfly Partnership” and the “Wessex Salmon and Rivers Trust“, in fact John G and I have had our fair share of training over the last ten years in basic entomology, and I feel that now is the time to get you all on board.

As we are all aware invertebrates are valuable indicators of water quality and this course trained us in the population study of various indicator species, not only fascinating for us anglers, but more importantly, easy to do and simple to record.

This work is equally important for coarse fish and the rivers they live in, as all fish live on invertebrates!

Training with Dr Cyril Bennett, in the Avon valley.
(Outdoor practical)

And a little classroom work….


We are setting up a group to closely monitor the Frome, Piddle and various little local streams, with myself as coordinator (with backing and full support from the Riverfly Partnership and the Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries association)

This monitoring group is going to be set up with the help of lots of anglers to help look after our rivers, its great fun for families, and kids love it!

If any of you are interested in helping out, and getting trained up can you please get in touch with me……..