We carried out a kick sample on the morning of Saturday 4th May as planned. It was great to have some new people join us. The number of invertebrates counted was a bit lower than this time last year but not low enough to cause too much concern.  There is a lot of weed in the river this spring which makes it more challenging spotting and identifying the river fly larvae but there can be multiple causes contributing to this. The water level is also quite low (with the October – March rainfall having been only 83% of the average for the Wessex region) and this can affect invertebrate numbers.  We will continue to monitor the situation with our monthly kick samples.

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