News update from Joe:-
Here is our latest update for your information and comment:
· The next two sampling weekends are planned for the 20/21st February and 19/20th March
· We have submitted a proposal to the Crane Valley Partnership, Thames Water fund to support a further year of the Citizen Crane project. ZSL already has funding in place to support the RMI until 2017 and our submission to the Thames Water fund is for a further 12 months support for water quality monitoring (until March 2017) and a summer survey of the outfalls across the entire catchment. If we are successful we will be looking for volunteers to get involved with this event, provisionally booked for the weekend of May 21st/22nd- please pencil it in! We expect to hear about the proposal by early March and will send out more details soon after .
· Following discussion with the Environment Agency we removed the real time monitoring project from our draft proposal. The EA is undertaking its own investigations of the upper catchment using real time monitoring sondes and we hope to discover more about how this is progressing in the near future
· With thanks to Chris Mountain for helping find a suitable upstream venue the next RMI training event will be on Saturday 7th May in Ruislip (see attached flyer)- please do circulate it to anyone who might be interested.
· We are going to re-print the A5 Citizen Crane leaflet with a few minor updates. Could you please advise how many (if any) you might need over the next year or so?
· Following discussion at the forum, Ilse Steyl has updated the Citizen Crane webpage to include the latest data http://www.cranevalley.org.uk/projects/citizen-crane.html Please have a look at the application and let us have your comments. Some site descriptions are missing so if you’d like to provide those that would also be appreciated. Send comments to Joe who will put them all together for discussion at the next steering group meeting, planned for March 7th.
Thank you all for your continued involvement
All best wishes,
Rob, Joe and Richard
The Zoological Society of London as part of the Citizen Crane Project is
offering training in the River Monitoring Initiative (RMI) sampling method.
The RMI is a national scheme for monitoring the health of rivers. In order to be trained in the
RMI you must be able to sample the river for at least 6 months. Once at the river, samples
take about 30 minutes and are taken monthly.
In the training you will learn:
- The aims of the Citizen Crane Project
- About the RMI scheme
- How to kick sample a river.
- How to identify river invertebrates.
- What to do with the RMI data.
You will also meet other volunteers working up and down the catchment. Everyone
involved in the scheme will be invited to the Crane Forum at ZSL London Zoo
The training will take place at Ruislip Golf Club, Ickenham Road, Ruislip
Saturday May 7th 11am to 4pm
To book a place or for more information please contact : Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org