Riverfly Guide

This is a step-by-step guide for volunteers who are recording Riverfly data on Cartographer. It is also applicable if you are doing Urban or Extended Riverfly monitoring. It was developed in collaboration with Jess Andrews from the Environment Agency and Julie Wozniczka from Trent Rivers Trust.

Start by going to the Cartographer home page at https://cartographer.io and clicking Log in:

Enter your email address and password and log in to get to your home page. See our detailed page of instructions for help with the log in process.

Click Riverfly, Urban Riverfly, or Extended Riverfly as appropriate in the left-hand sidebar:

You will end up on the Survey List page for the relevant survey:

Adding a survey

Click Add a survey in the top right of the survey list page to open a blank survey form:

Start by filling in the date and time of the survey and the name of your group [1]. Then select the Riverfly Site by clicking on one of the blue circles on the map [2]:

When you select a site by clicking on it, its name and trigger level will appear below the map to help you identify it:

Next there is a space for you to attach fixed point photographs of the site. These are optional. You can attach up to 2 photographs, each up to 20MB in size:

Next comes the main section of the survey, where you enter counts for each species group. In each case enter the number of insects observed for the relevant group [1]. Cartographer will calculate the corresponding ARMI Score and display it below [2]:

You must enter a count for each of the 8 core species groups. Enter a 0 if you didn’t observe any insects of a particular group. If you are recording Urban or Extended Riverfly data, you can optionally leave species groups beyond the core 8 blank:

Beneath the counts you will find a section called Survey Scores, where Cartographer calculates the total ARMI Score for the survey. If you are recording Urban or Extended Riverfly data you will see additional calculations here as well:

Once you have entered counts for the 8 core species groups, the large blue box will turn green or yellow to indicate whether a trigger level breach has been detected. This calculation is always based on the 8 core species groups: Urban and Extended Riverfly groups beyond the core 8 are ignored.

If the total ARMI Score derived from your observations safely equals or exceeds the trigger level for the site, the box turns green to indicate that no warning has been raised:

If, on the other hand, the total ARMI Score is less than the trigger level for the site, the box turns yellow to indicate a pollution warning:

You should report any trigger level breaches to the Environment Agency, unless you have been specifically instructed otherwise by your group coordinator. Follow the instructions in the yellow box and complete the remaining fields to record the actions you have taken.

When you have finished entering your data, click Save changes at the bottom of the survey form. You will see a dropdown menu containing two options:

Choose Save as Complete if the survey form is complete and you’d like to submit it for review by a project officer. Choose Save as Draft if you aren’t finished yet but you need to step away from your computer for a moment. See our help page on saving surveys for more information about these status codes and how surveys are approved.