You can now actively participant in current scientific research by using quick and simple kits to measure the levels of two widespread pollutants, nitrate and phosphate, in your local freshwater habitats. Help to discover flourishing freshwater habitats, where wildlife still thrives, and uncover the facts about nutrient pollution.
Freshwater habitats, from the biggest lakes to the tiniest trickles, pools and springs, are home to a vast array of plants and animals. It only takes a little pollution to cause the loss of much of this wildlife. Both nitrate and phosphate pollution cause profound changes to plant and animal communities, and in the worst cases, the habitat becomes green. However, the changes can often be subtle. To start with, the water may still look clear, but an increase in the invisible nutrients means that sensitive species are lost and the habitat slowly becomes poorer in wildlife. It is now more important than ever to find the clean water places, those that are free of pollution.
All the information you will need for the survey is sent to you in our Thames Water for Wildlife Leaflet that comes with the water testing kits.
To sign up:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, group/school name and address.
The Survey – Taking Part
- Read our volunteer starter pack (below) – make sure to protect yourself as well as the freshwater habitats from harm.
- Visit YouTube to watch our short ‘How to’ video
- Identify the body(s) of water you want to survey – Where could I survey?
- Take a water sample – Make sure to record the location/take a grid reference (gridreferencefinder.com)
- Use the nutrient testing kits on your water sample (see our instructional ‘how to’ video)
- Enter your results online through WaterNet (coming soon) or email us
- Look at the Next Steps Pack to find out what else you can do for your local waters. (coming soon)