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Great British insects: National Insect Week returns 25 June – 1 July 2012

National Insect Week –PDF-File, 86.6 KB

Celebrating the mayfly - a special week of articles on the ecological, angling, cultural and artistic importance of the insect (16th-20th May) Biofresh 21/4/11

Celebrating the mayfly –PDF-File, 232.2 KB

Riverfly project shows top water quality Anglian Water 11 April 2011

Riverfly project shows top water quality –PDF-File, 72.2 KB

Big River Society carves a bright future for UK rivers - 3rd Riverfly Conference demonstrates how Riverfly Partnership 17 March 2011

Big River Society carves a bright future for UK rivers –PDF-File, 221.3 KB

Rivers Big Society Science - 3rd National Conference Your Rivers - Their Future Riverfly Partnership 9 March 2011

Rivers Big Society Science –PDF-File, 110.1 KB

New species to the UK discovered - A caddisfly species found for the first time in the UK Riverfly Partnership 22 Dec 2010

New discovery to the UK - Riverfly Partnership –DOC-File, 866.5 KB Image of Synagapetus dubitans - available for use - acknowledgment to Stuart Crofts –JPG-File, 2.3 MB Habitat where the caddisfly was found - available for use - acknowledgment to Stuart Crofts –JPG-File, 3.2 MB

Killer shrimp found in the UK for the first time Environment Agency 9 September 2010

Killer shrimp found in the UK for the first time –DOC-File, 208.5 KB

Our Rivers: Search for the nations best loved and most neglected rivers RSPB 1 September 2010

Search for the nations best loved and most neglected rivers –PDF-File, 128.1 KB

Riverfly workshop helps river Erewash volunteers increase water quality monitoring Environment Agency 31 March 2010

Increased monitoring on River Erewash –PDF-File, 311.2 KB

Have you seen the March Brown? Ephemeroptera Recording Scheme 1 March 2010

March Brown survey –PDF-File, 177.7 KB

Cypermethrin sheep dips now permanently banned Salmon & Trout Association / Fish Legal press release 4 March 2010

Cypermethrin sheep dips now permanently banned Salmon & Trout Association / Fish Legal press release 4 March 2010 –DOCX-File, 14.8 KB

'Extinct' caddis found in Scotland Riverfly Recording Schemes/Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust 3 March 2010

'Extinct' caddis found in Scotland –DOCX-File, 32.5 KB

Will walks tall on the river Wandle Thames River Restoration Trust 7 September 2009

William Tall, volunteer coordinator, of the Wandle Piscators AMI Group wins the Thames River Restoration Trust prestigious John Hills Award for his outstanding contribution to the restoration of the river Wandle. Will walks tall on the river Wandle –DOC-File, 97.5 KB

Bugs help monitor river water quality in National Scheme The River Exe Project 7 Aug 2009

Bugs help monitor river water quality in national scheme –DOC-File, 28.5 KB

Partnership proves successful in reducing pollution Environment Agency 12 May 2009

Partnership proves successful in reducing pollution –PDF-File, 134.3 KB

Pesticides poisoning our bees Buglife- The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and The Soil Association 9 Sept 2009

Cites research has shown that imidacloprid levels in rivers can cause deformities in growing mayflies. Pesticides poisoning our bees –PDF-File, 105.0 KB

S&TA receives major funding support from Natural England £107k award to take forward riverfly conservation work. Salmon & Trout Association 6 October 2008

 

Anglers check their flies The Anglers Monitoring Initiative becomes established in East Anglia Environment Agency July 2008

Anglers check their flies –PDF-File, 67.9 KB

New appointment at S&TA confirms importance of riverfly research and the Anglers' Monitoring Initiative Salmon and Trout Association June 2008

New appointment at S&TA confirms importance of riverfly research –PDF-File, 128.8 KB

River pollution costs Tredegar company £30,000 Environment Agency 2 November 2007

Bio Tech Oils UK Ltd of Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate, Tredegar has been fined £19,000 with full costs of £1,861 after pleading guilty to causing polluting matter (glycerine and fatty acids) to enter the Nant y Bwch and River Sirhowy in the Tredegar area in June of this year. The prosecution was brought by Environment Agency Wales at Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court today (31 October). At the time of the incident the Environment Agency arranged a clean up, costing more than £10,000 in an attempt to limit further damage downstream. This cost will also be passed on to the company. BioTech Oils UK Ltd pleaded guilty on three charges:

  • Section 81 of the Water Resources Act 1991. Fined £8,000
  • Section 32 of the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000. Fined £8000.
  • Section 4 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. Fined £3000. 

On Tuesday 5 June 2007, Environment Agency Wales officers were called out to attend a pollution incident on the River Sirhowy in Tredegar. The pollution caused the river water to turn white, in many places a thick creamy layer of an unknown substance was visible. Approximately five miles of the river was affected. Investigations followed the pollution to a confluence with the Nant Y Bwch later found to drain from the Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate. Agency investigations continued through the night and into the following morning, assisted by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water engineers. The source of the pollution was found to be a site on the industrial estate, operated by Biotech Oils UK Limited. This incident had affected water quality and caused the death of approximately 13,000 fish, along with other wildlife, including a kingfisher and other acquatic insects. Following the case Agency Environment Officer Caitríona Murphy said: “This incident caused massive damage to local fish populations and wildlife on the River Sirhowy. Poor business practices have resulted in the destruction of a river, which will take years to recover properly. We hope that this successful prosecution will highlight to businesses the potentially devastating impact their practices can have on the local environment.

Company fined for killing fish and polluting Sirhowy River Environment Agency 26 September 2007

FKI Switchgear of Blackwood, a subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley Swithchgear Limited, pleaded guilty to causing trade effluent to enter the River Sirhowy in Blackwood and killing over 1200 fish. The company was fined £5450 with costs of £1725 after Environment Agency Wales brought the prosecution at Caerphilly Magistrates' Court on 24th September 2007. FKI Switchgear pleaded guilty to two charges:

  • Section 4 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. Fined £4000
  • Section 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991. Fined £1450

Environment Agency Wales received a report from a member of the public of dead fish in the River Sirhowy on Friday 27th April 2007. Agency officers attended and traced the pollution to FKI Switchgear. The company had been emptying and cleaning tanks on their site and washing the inside of a treatment plant then discharging the wash water into a surface water drain that flowed directly into the River Sirhowy. The effluent was caustic and highly contaminated. It stripped oxygen from the river water, affecting water quality and biology killing approximately 1200 fish, mainly trout. The river was affected for around 2½ kilometres downstream. A member of The Rhymney and Sirhowy Flylife monitoring group reported the incident. This is group, led by local anglers, was established as a pilot to the national flylife project, and launched in March 2006. EAW assisted in training anglers to identify macroinvertebrate life. Every month the group has monitored the Rhymney River and in July 2006 the group expanded to monitor the River Sirhowy. Following the case Agency Environment Officer John Rock said: "This incident caused significant damage to local fish populations on the River Sirhowy. We hope that this successful prosecution will make businesses and individuals aware of their responsibilities to comply with environmental regulations and to prevent water pollution. Many thousands of pollution incidents occur each year, originating from factories, farms, transport activities and even homes. Each incident is an offence and can result in prosecution as well as environmental damage. Most cases are avoidable if operations are planned properly and suitable facilities are arranged to reduce the risk of spillage.

Riverfly Conference 'How good is your river?' Natural History Museum and The Riverfly Partnership 7 March 2007

Riverfly Conference 'How good is your river?' –DOC-File, 32.5 KB

Sheep dip in the press Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust 22 February 2006