NERC Freshwater Advanced Training Short Course

  Photo credit: Freshwater Biological Association

During the 11th-15th September, Freshwater Biological Association and Bournemouth University held a successful NERC freshwater advanced training short course. Strong emphasis was on training excellence and practical hands-on experience throughout the short course. This included expanding upon the well-established use of macroinvertebrates as the core component of freshwater bio-assessment to include specific training in field and laboratory methods for diatoms, meiofauna and protists.


Summer Algal Blooms

As summer temperatures roll in, warmer water encourages the growth of cyanobacteria and algae, some of which form blooms. These blooms are usually harmless, however some can be toxic to aquatic life. This however provides a bounty for microorganisms and animals which feed on algae such as ciliated protists, water fleas and copepods.

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Found in most aquatic environments, freshwater or marine, copepods play an important role in their ecosystem by linking microbial and macroscopic (animal based) food networks. Closely related to other crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs, many copepods have a single compound eye, such as the aptly named genus Cyclops.

Image Credit: Charles Krebs
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Investigating Freshwater Invertebrates in the River Frome

Great to see the students from Prince of Wales School and Thomas Hardye School getting involved in freshwater biology. Freshwater invertebrates such as insect larvae, saucer bugs and freshwater shrimp were collected from samples from the river Frome, and their importance as indicators of water quality was demonstrated.
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Reintroduction of Beavers in the UK is hopeful for freshwater environments

Preliminary trials of Beaver reintroduction in Devon, carried out by the University of Exeter, have shown that the establishment of Beavers looks promising for the environment. A pair of beavers introduced to the area six years ago have created 13 ponds and a 183m stream. The ponds trapped around 16 tonnes of Carbon and 1 tonne of Nitrogen, and additionally the network of dams created have helped to filter out soil and fertiliser from the water.
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