After netting for 3 minutes we tipped the net contents into a tray and sorted out each species by placing them in a compartment of a tray. We found plenty of shrimps, several caddis fly larvae and a good selection of mayfly larva. Also, but not in our count, several minnows and bullhead fish. All showing a good water quality of this chalk stream.
We were in a great habitat, siskins in the alders were a first for me this winter, along with plenty of corvids, a solitary little egret and great and blue tits. Looks a superb habitat for barn owls and there was an A frame nesting box present to attract this species. All in all, a most enjoyable 2 hours.
|Janine and I identifying the invertebrates with Nigel filming and Jack on sound|
|Categorising the catch|
|The samples are placed into compartments so it's easier to count them.|