29th April 2022 – Kick Sample

This activity is to support the River Fly Partnerhip.

It commences with taking a kick sample from the river, in this case by the white railings alongside the B3046.

The river bed is kicked, a specified quantity of water collected and the contents examined for various creatures.

As this images shows it is quite a soup!

and here is Barry & Chris hard at it..

They are using a sorting dish, not unlike one you might see at a party, only this one had diagrams underneath to aid identification:

This is a close up of one section ready for sorting, showing a number of little critters.:

The aim is to correctly match the insect with the diagram:

After sorting through the whole sample, the number of insects are recorded. The whole process took about two hours.

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