The River Habitat Survey is a methodology for recording habitat features for wildlife that was designed by the Environment Agency, England and Wales and has since been applied in many other countries.
While there is now a wealth of data sources available to help characterise our river catchments and prioritise where to start tackling issues, there is no substitute to getting out on the ground and undertaking a walkover survey to properly understand the local environment.
The Riverfly Partnership is a network of nearly 100 partner organisations, representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, watercourse managers and relevant authorities, working together to: protect the water quality of our rivers; further the understanding of riverfly populations, and actively conserve riverfly habitats.
The WCSRT Catchment Invertebrate Fingerprinting approach examines the responses of invertebrate communities, in the water environment, to four environmental stresses; low-flow impacts, fine sediment, organic pollution and total reactive phosphorus.
The evaluation of invertebrate communities living in a river or stream is one of the best methods we have for assessing the impacts of environmental stress on the health of an aquatic ecosystem.
The purpose of this tool is to help the user to understand how resilient habitats are anywhere in the county. This is important because vulnerable, less resilient habitats are less likely to deliver the range of services we need (flood prevention and clean water for example).