Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News

Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News – an excellent report on new science

Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News – an excellent report on new science

Today the BBC is covering Cardiff University Prof Steve Ormerod and Isabelle Durance’s research on the effects of climate
change on stream insects as published in Global Change Biology:

Link to news story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6619379.stm

Anything you could do to disseminate interest in the BBC news item would help raise its profile (for example, send this email or
the link to friends and/or write a comment in ‘Have your say’). Insects are the backbone of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Changes to insect populations and their health is important news.

What else to do to help riverflies?

  • Find out more in the S&TA Spring Gamefisher magazine (see attached) Prof Steve Ormerod offers hope and concern when
    he asks, Can we climate-proof our rivers?

  • Observe aquatic invertebrates hatching, and report your results using the S&TA National 2007 River Fly Abundance Study
    survey form www.salmon-trout.org/issues_fly_life.asp#Survey
    The results shows trends in populations. The most recent Abundance Study report on the decline of Iron Blue has resulted in its
    inclusion in the current list of (candidate) Biodiversity Action Plan species. Anglers ignited the concern for aquatic invertebrates
    after their combined observations showed the dramatic decline in aquatic riverflies. This spurred the Riverfly Partnership coordinated
    action for Riverflies.

  • Join the work of the Riverfly Partnership, chaired by S&TA, on www.riverflies.org.
    After June 1st, the presentations from the March 2007 2nd Riverfly conference, How Good is Your River, will be up on the
    website. These presentations have more specific suggestions on what to do to help riverflies. The conference launched
    the Angling Monitoring Initiative for riverfly nymphs. And, new aquatic insect identification guides have just been created
    and published with the angler in mind.

  • Participate in a 2007 certified Riverfly Workshops for groups of anglers wanting to monitor riverfly nymphs in rivers in
    order to detect pollution incidents that would otherwise be missed. Or, organise and register your interest for a 2008
    certified Riverfly Workshop. This monitoring is an excellent way to discover and have the evidence necessary to press
    for the resolution of pollution problems on your river. The Angler Monitoring Initiative is fully supported by the
    Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency right from the Chief Executive to the staff working
    on the waterside. More information in Riverfly Partnership member publications. Also, this month angling magazines
    support and explain the launch of the Angler Monitoring Initiative.

2007 Riverfly Workshops for Anglers Monitoring Initiative

Salmon and Trout Association Wiltshire Workshop
Friday 20 April

Tutor: Cyril Bennett. EA: Rachel Jacobs
EA Thames Region – West Area, South West Region – Wessex N & S Area
Underwritten by regional S&TA office with funding application to Wessex Watermark

South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) Workshops

Saturday 21 April, Sunday 22 April
Tutor: David Pryce. EA: Brian Ingersent
EA North West Region – North Area
Underwritten by SCRT. Funding applications submitted to Friends of the Lake District & Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership.
Application to be submitted to Local Strategic Partnership of South Cumbria District Council

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Workshops
Saturday 21 April, Sunday 22 April
Tutor: Cyril Bennett. EA: Glen Meadows / Mitch Perkins
EA Thames Region – West Area, South West Region – Wessex N & S Area
Funded by HLF Living River Project with funding application to Wessex Watermark for equipment

John Spedan Lewis Trust Workshops
Saturday 23, Sunday 24 June, Saturday 7, Sunday 8th July
EA Southern Region – Hants & Isle of Wight Area
Tutors: Warren Gilchrist / Cyril Bennett / Peter Francis EA: Claire Gladdy

River Taff Workshop

Wedsneday 25, Thursday 26 July
Tutor: Steve Brooks. EA: Andy Robinson
EA Welsh Region – South East Area

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Date to be confirmed

Tutor: tbc EA: Richard Jenkins
EA North East Region – Dales Area

Tyne Rivers Trust
Date to be confirmed
Tutor: possibly Ian Wallace EA: John Shelley

EA North East Region – Northumbria Area

Rossett & Gresford FFC Workshop
Date to be confirmed
Tutor: Ian Wallace EA: Claire Liversage
EA Welsh Region – North Area