What is the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative?
The Riverfly Monitoring Initiative is a network of volunteers who have been trained by the Ribble Rivers Trust to test water quality by monitoring invertebrate levels. This is done by visiting an allocated site monthly, carrying out a kick sample, recording the findings and then sending the data back to us. The initiative first started in 2008 and we now have over one hundred monitoring sites!
The map below shows all our sites in the catchment. Simply click on a site and the results are displayed.
Why is this monitoring important?
The data our monitors provide us with is a valuable tool which enables us to regularly check and track the rivers health. Invertebrates require clean water and cannot tolerate pollution so by looking at the number of invertebrates in the water we can judge how clean that water is.