Walkover and Habitat Surveys

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The simplest way to find out what condition a section of river is in is to visit the site and look around! For this task, we’re enlisting the help of volunteers who we will train to identify, prioritise, and map features such as sources of pollution, areas of erosion, sediment flow paths, cattle trampling, failed drains, and invasive species.

The river walkover survey technique involves pairs of surveyors walking along a stretch of river (working in pairs makes it easier to reach a decision, easier to record findings, and of course, safer). Using the training we have given them they can identify features and potential issues, score the severity of each feature, and take geo-referenced photos of it.

In total we will be running six of these courses over a three year period.

Cattle in the river is just one of the things our walkover volunteers  will  record