White-clawed crayfish survey training

Date: Saturday 03 August, 10am-4pm, Eden Rivers Trust office, Penrith CA10 0AH

Join our volunteer team of White-clawed crayfish surveyors!

Crayfish surveying before it’s a great opportunity to see our endangered, native white-clawed crayfish up close and to learn more about them, their habitat and what can be done to protect them.

The day covers the ‘Life in UK Rivers’ nationally recognised survey technique.  It is free but is particularly aimed at training people to help us with our crayfish surveys in the Eden Valley in August and September this year.

We will meet at Eden Rivers Trust’s offices in the Dunmail Building of Newton Rigg College, Penrith, at 10 am.  The first part of the day will cover a brief introduction to crayfish and their habitat requirements, the survey method and site selection.  The main part of the day will then be spent out on the river at two different sites where you will have the chance to search for crayfish, learn how to handle them, identify suitable crayfish habitat and survey locations, and have a go at applying the ‘Life in UK Rivers’ method in practice.

Booking a place

Places are limited so please book in advance to save your space – email volunteers@edenrt.org or telephone the office on 01768 866788.  No previous experience is necessary.  If you can’t make the training day you are still very welcome to come out on a survey day if you contact us in advance.

What to bring

All you need for both the training and survey days is some lunch and a drink, a pair of waders (if you have your own), wet/sunny weather clothing and a spare set of clothes (just in case!).  If you would like to come but don’t have your own waders please let us know your shoe size and we will try to provide waders for you.