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Zooplankton

The ECN protocol for crustacean zooplankton (FZP)
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FZP

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The crustacean zooplankton which dominate the open water of lakes form an important link in the food chain between phytoplankton and fish.  Most lakes contain a few species from a small number of genera but marked changes in species composition can occur when there is a progressive change in the trophic status.

Species presence and abundance are determined through fortnightly sampling at lake sites only.

August

Our field activities

AUGUST

At terrestrial sites evening bat monitoring continues and we also sample for spittle bugs using sweep nets. In rivers and lakes we sample aquatic macrophytes (water plants visible to the naked eye). The usual year-round measurements are also made.

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A spittlebug