Pollution Monitoring in the River Frome

posted 14 Jul 2016, 12:29 by Phil Handy   [ updated 15 Jul 2016, 02:11 ]
Our local river is a major environmental asset. It a much loved walk for many people and a varied habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. It is however subject to pressures from human activity including agriculture, industry and sewage overflow.

To help monitor the state of the river, Bristol Avon River Trust (BART) are providing training for "Riverfly Monitors" who will regularly sample the river for key indicator species of invertebrates which can provide early warning of pollution events in the river catchment area.

A training course was recently held at The Globe in Frampton Cotterell and a group of local volunteers were shown how to take samples from the river and how to identify key indicator species. They will now be supported by BART in taking regular samples and will form part of a network of Riverfly Monitors submitting data for monitoring and analysis.




 

Training session in the river
 

Stirring the sediment

 

 

Water crowsfoot - a sign of a healthy river
 

"Look what I found!"