BFER LPS Citizen Science: Testing the Water

The Brecks’ Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER LPS) is a new Landscape Heritage Scheme for the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks which will build upon the legacy of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme (2013-17) to continue to develop and refocus engagement, public awareness and positive action on the heritage of The Brecks’ fen edge, river and wetland landscapes in this unique part of East Anglia.

Over the 5-year delivery period (2020 – 2024 Incl.) the Partnership will deliver a minimum of 24 projects by working with partners and communities to explore and raise awareness of the water resource issues, restore key rivers and habitat corridors, discover and celebrate the historic links between human settlement and water, and contribute to developing the area’s sense of identity.

Freshwater Habitats are leading on one of these projects ‘Testing the Water’ a Citizen Science project to raise awareness of habitat loss, pollution and rare species, involving people in practical activities to get new information about the project area through surveys, using cutting edge Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling of ponds, streams, ditches and river headwater streams, and rapid water quality test kits that make visible pollution that is otherwise invisible and largely unknown.

Results will be mapped to identify water quality and dispersal of key red list species in the project area to facilitate improved awareness and better conservation management practices. Workshops, activities and events for families, including curriculum linked schools’ engagement, will be provided.

For further details and to volunteer contact


For more info on The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership, find out about training opportunities and enter your clean water test results and eDNA survey data, click on the links below:

BFER LPS Key Documents


Citizen Science: Testing the Water:  Reports  

Project Resources: Clean Water Testing

Project Resources: DNA Survey



Project Resources: Useful stuff