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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.

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SEPTEMBER

This is the last of the busy months in terms of field work at terrestrial sites as the season for monitoring butterflies, frogs, grazing animals and bats draws to an end. In rivers and lakes we sample diatoms for the third time in the year. The usual year-round measurements are also made.

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Loch Neagh