“Guardians of our Rivers” a new Buglife Scotland project, focussing on connecting communities through rivers, is set to launch a free citizen science programme for communities across Scotland.

With a focus on training local communities to recognise and understand the important invertebrates found in Scottish rivers, through tried and tested survey and monitoring techniques.  Buglife and partners, including the Riverfly Partnership, are confident that Citizen Scientists will discover more about the health of Scotland’s rivers; providing an early warning system that will highlight water quality issues.

Rebecca Lewis, Guardians of our Rivers Project Officer said, “Freshwater invertebrates play a vital role as canaries of our rivers, but they are often overlooked. This new project will bring them into the spotlight, allowing local people to learn about them and use them to assess the health of their local river.”