Riverfly Monitoring results!

The Box Moor Trust has a dedicated team of volunteers that regularly conduct riverfly monitoring throughout the River Bulbourne where it flows through the Trust estate. The purpose of this monitoring is to ascertain the health of the river, this is done by observing the variety and amount of wildlife found across several different sites along the river.

One of the key aims of the Bulbourne Restoration Project was to improve the health of the river, and the results from the monitoring group have been very positive. The image below shows the range of different species found in the river, both before and after the restoration project was carried out.

As can be seen above, the results are very promising indeed with all manner of invertebrate species represented, and their numbers have been improving since the work was carried out.

Volunteer and riverfly monitor David Warriner had this to say about the monitoring programme.

A long term Trust project samples the Bulbourne regularly to assess its health and measure the effect of the recent improvement works. The health of the Bulbourne is good – and getting better. Following the works we have seen improvements in invertebrate species counts and water clarity. The vital gravel beds are being restored and fish numbers look to be increasing

It is our hope that the numbers will continue to increase in the coming months as the river work begins to bed in.