River Monitor Volunteer

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 13th June 2022  

Do you want to be involved in helping to monitor the health of our rivers on your doorstep? How about contributing to our river catchment surveying, helping us to better understand how to help the freshwater creatures that inhabit our waterways? If so, then this role will be perfect for you!

Freshwater habitats are vital for life. They host a large proportion of the worlds biodiversity yet are threatened by growing populations, human intervention, and climate change. By monitoring the creatures that live in these habitats, we can determine the current ecological health of that area. Riverflies are made up predominately of three types of insects being caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies. These along with aquatic invertebrates, act as an early warning sign and are sensitive indicator of water quality, you could say they are the canaries of our rivers!

We need your help to monitor the mysterious world of our river flies, your surveys will help us to act quickly if we need to improve the water quality to ensure our waterways continue to be thriving freshwater habitats.ย 

For more information and to apply please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

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