SmartRivers Resources

Support materials for volunteers

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As we want your sampling to be as close as possible to professional guidelines and as representative of your river as possible, we've created this sampling method refresher video.

We advise that you familiarise yourself with this video each season, before heading out to collect your samples.

Remember, your results are only as good as your sampling technique!


When you're at the riverbank about to take your sample, you need to work out what habitats are present and how much of your 3-minutes sampling time you will allocate to each.

We've created this handy sheet that you can take down to the river, to complete the habitat calculations and for your bank person to keep track of what you've sampled.

Click image above to download



Preparing and sorting your sample properly is essential to ensure efficient and accurate identification.

We know that starting a sample from scratch is an intimidating task, but with the guidance provided in this video we take you through it step-by-step.


Found an animal you're struggling to ID? We can get you the right entomology support.

Simply fill in the contact form below and attach a clear image of the invertebrate in question. If the photo is not enough, we may ask you to post the specimen. Instructions on how to do this will be provided if this is required.


You will be familiar with the app from your second SmartRivers training day in identification.

The app is available for download on Apple and Android devices. It is usable on mobiles and tablets, but the best viewing experience is on a tablet. Please check the compatibility of your device, as it will not work on some older operating systems.*

The app is a one-off purchase, that will continually be updated as new species are uploaded.

*Please note the app is still undergoing maintenance work due to circumstances out of S&TC's control. We are doing everything we can to rectify any compatibility/viewing issues as soon as possible.


SmartRivers data is essential to our conservation and policy work. It is the scientific evidence we need to pinpoint local case studies that give us the power to make national changes.

To make this data available and in an accessible form for all, we have built a free, open-access, online portal for all SmartRivers data to be uploaded, stored, interrogated and downloaded.

The existing data for hubs already part of SmartRivers is live on the system, and the backlog of data from our Riverfly Census is being added over the next few months. If you want to take a look, we have put together a handy how-to guide with screenshots that explains how to use the database.

To upload or view your data open the guide here and email to request a login link.