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Demon Shrimp Found in the Churnet

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Sun 17 Jan 2016

Working with the Environment Agency, the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership has enabled 17 angling and conservation volunteers to help monitor the quality of the River Churnet. At a number of workshops held over the last eighteen months, the volunteers have been trained to monitor the Riverfly population and will be sampling and recording data at various sites in the valley. Photo of Riverfly Volunteers meeting James RowlinsonRiverflies are an important part of our freshwater ecosystem and food chain as a food source for fish and birds and the data recorded by the group will be fed into the national Riverfly Partnership Initiative database.

At the end of last year, some of the monitoring volunteers had an opportunity to meet with James Rowlinson the Environmental Monitoring Officer who gave some useful advice on sampling techniques and invertebrate identification.

Unfortunately during the October workshop held in Oakamoor, the first case of the invasive (demon) shrimp Dikerogammarus haemobaphes to be found in the Churnet was confirmed by the trainer Dr Nick Everall from Aquascience Consultancy Ltd.