Become a River Monitoring Volunteer

Community Volunteering charity “The Conservation Volunteers” have been in touch with us to ask if anyone in our area is interested in becoming a River Monitoring Volunteer in our local area.

Here’s the communication from Citizen Science Coordinator Amanda Malcolm.

We are launching a new Citizen Science project and I’d really appreciate if you would be able to circulate this email and attached promotional poster through your network of community groups, Community Councils, volunteers and anyone that may be interested in getting involved in our project

Project details:

We’re launching an exciting new project with Clackmannanshire Council to get local communities involved in recording information about flooding in some of the Hillfoot Burns.

Aim: photograph burns to monitor sediment chokes and blockages from key vantage points on Hillfoot burns:

  1. Tillicoultry Burn confluence with River Devon
  2. Alva Burn at A91 Road Bridge
  3. Dollar Burn water race + beneath Mixed Leisure Route Bridge to the south

The aim is to take a photograph (s) at vantage points chosen by the Environmental Monitoring volunteer to monitor sediment movement, chokes and blockages on the above burns, record river levels via photographs and relate this to information from the local Menstrie Weather website to record rainfall levels.

We want to improve our understanding of the interactions between sediment movement chokes and blockages over time in the context of flood risk management and investigate how sediments in these highly dynamic burns may move over time.

Through regular monitoring we are able to chart climate change as well as wear and erosion. By undertaking projects such as this we are able to pinpoint pressure sites, such as flooding areas, bank erosion and sediment build up along burns and rivers, which allows us to take action, where appropriate, to protect and improve our local environment for the future.

*No previous knowledge of the subject required. TCV will provide survey materials (laminated maps of monitoring sites, recording sheets, clipboard, pencil), training, support and guidance for the project.  

Express an interest or to find out more contact Amanda Malcolm, Email or Mobile 07917 460488

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like finer details of what is involved. I will be working more in the Hillfoots area soon and I will be available to meet various groups and folk to discuss our project, site visit burn locations with volunteers and to go through the recording sheet for our project.

We will be promoting this via social media as well and it would be great if you were able to retweet/post some of posts.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Thank you in advance


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