Last week 47 students from Brighton University descended on the river as part of their field studies course. Being taught survey techniques and identification skills they undertook electro-fishing, kick sampling and hab scoring across 3 stretches of the river. As well as enjoying splashing around in the river, the trip helped us collect invaluable data for the project which will be used as our pre-restoration monitoring.
Although the final results are yet to come in here are a few species that we found:
- Stone loach
- Various types of mayfly larvae including burrowing and non-burrowing species
- Cased and caseless caddis
- Various midge larvae
To help with our monitoring we will also be continuing with our invertebrate traps throughout winter. If you’re keen to get involved just get in touch. No previous experience is necessary.