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Project LeaderZoological Society of LondonProject PartnersEnvironment AgencyFriends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE)Friends of Yeading BrookLondon Wildlife TrustSt Mary’s UniversityThames 21Thames Anglers Conservancy

Friends of Yeading Brook

Funding SourcesThames Water FundProject Budget£11,694Project Timescale2014 - 2015

Crane River Monitoring Initiative

The project is managed by the Zoological Society of London and undertaken in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Friends of the River Crane Environment, Thames21, Friends of Yeading Brook, St Mary’s University and the Environment Agency.

The River Crane’s water quality was deemed to be ‘poor’ in 2009 and predicted to remain poor in 2015, according to Water Framework Directive (WFD) criteria.  Biological status has also been classified as poor.

This project will be monitoring invertebrate communities at specific locations along the river.  Sampling will be undertaken at a minimum of six sites every two months, following the methodology of the nationally recognised river monitoring scheme developed by the Riverfly Partnership.

Aims of the monitoring project:

  • To train Crane Valley Partnership (CVP) members to assess the water quality of the River Crane and Yeading Brook using a nationally recognised method.
  • To detect and record pollution events and alert the Environment Agency so that they can further investigate the source of the pollution and take appropriate action against the polluters.
  • To record and interpret seasonal variation in the invertebrate community of the river, which will show long term trends in water quality. This information will be made freely available via the CVP website.

More detail on this Citizen Science project and the specific methodology is available in the report written as part of the application for the project.