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Macro-invertebrates

The ECN protocol for freshwater macro-invertebrates (FIN)
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Macro-invertebrates are a very diverse group of organisms with a wide range of environmental tolerances and preferences and are generally abundant in freshwater habitats. Communities are therefore likely to show both qualitative and quantitative responses to a full spectrum of possible environmental changes.  In most situations macro-invertebrates are also relatively easy to sample, qualitatively at least, and keys for the identification of most elements of the British fauna are readily available.

Species presence, abundance and deformities are determined 3 times per year at river and lake sites.

Our field activities

APRIL

In April we start carrying out almost all the ECN measurements, though the weather is not always kind! At freshwater sites we sample diatoms and invertebrates.

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