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Monday, November 27, 2023

Chance to become a citizen scientist at training session

* A citizen scientist analyses samples from the River Dee.

The Welsh Dee Trust is hosting a hands-on training event in Llangollen to learn everything you need to know to become a Smartrivers citizen scientist.

The session takes place from 10 am-4 pm on tomorrow (Tuesday, November 28) at St Collen's Community Hall, off Regent Street.

As a SmartRivers citizen scientist, you will analyse, to species level, samples of aquatic invertebrates collected in the river Dee catchment.

Collecting this data helps the Trust to detect failing river health, including pressures from pollution, water abstraction and invasive species. 

This will have a positive impact on the management of our rivers, by pinpointing water quality pressures and monitoring the impact of our work over time.

This training event run by Welsh Dee Trust will teach everything you need to know about invertebrate identification and no prior experience is necessary.

Once trained this is an ongoing role with regular ID sessions held year-round, particularly over summer (following sampling in spring) and winter (following sampling in autumn). Each session runs from approximately 10am to 4pm, and the Trust would like you to try to commit to attending at least 6 sessions a year.

They say the ID sessions also have a friendly and fun atmosphere, where you can socialise with like-minded people and learn from your peers. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

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