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Small research grant - Gilson Le Cren Memorial Award 2015

A reminder to FBA members that those wishing to apply for the Gilson Le Cren Memorial Award 2015 should submit their application between 16 October and 16 November 2014. The Gilson Le Cren Award is an annual grant (up to £4000) given by the FBA to support scientific research into freshwater biology. For further details, go to: www.fba.org.uk/gilson-le-cren-memorial-award.

Pearl Mussels at the FBA have already released glochidia

Six out of seven mussel populations from the ARK project have already encysted our fish. Encystments have been observed in salmon, trout and arctic charr. The glochidia are now 70-80 microns in length, still a long way to go until they reach the sufficient size to drop off (400 microns in length).

FBA Chief Executive Position

The Freshwater Biological Association is currently recruiting for the position of Chief Executive. The FBA is a charity dedicated to the understanding and the sustainable management of fresh waters around the globe.

Book now for our upcoming training course: Invertebrate identification for biotic assessment (including examination)

The FBA are running a three day accredited training course on 'Invertebrate identification for biotic assessment (including examination)' on Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23th October 2014 at the FBA, Windermere. Places are still available on the course. To find out more details and to book a place, please go to www.fba.org.uk/fba-training-courses  or contact us at events@fba.org.uk.

Book now for our upcoming training course: Freshwater fish: assessment of condition and ageing' & 'Fish health, parasites and disease'

The FBA are running a one day training course on 'Freshwater fish: assessment of condition and ageing' and a one day training course on 'Fish health, parasites and disease' on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th October 2014, respectively, at the FBA, Windermere. Places are still available on the course. To find out more details and to book a place, please go to www.fba.org.uk/fba-training-courses or contact us at events@fba.org.uk.

Pearl mussels on Countryfile

Last night (17 August 2014) a freshwater pearl mussel population in Northern Ireland featured on Countryfile - did anyone catch it? The picture of the glochidia encysted on salmonid gills was taken by staff at the FBA and we're really pleased that the Ballinderry Rivers Trust are releasing 500 young mussels back into the Ballinderry.

Latest issue of FBA News is out now!

The latest issue of FBA News (Summer 2014, No. 63) has now been published and, if you are a Member, should be arriving on your doormat shortly, or via email as a PDF today. If you have not signed up for a print copy, you will automatically receive a PDF version via email - if you do not receive it, please let us know at info@fba.org.uk. Please also notify us at info@fba.org.uk if you change your email address, so we can update our records accordingly.

If you would like to receive this membership benefit, why not join the FBA? Please visit www.fba.org.uk/membership for further details.

Pearl Mussel Ark Project welcomes new batch of fish

Yesterday the FBA received new batches of 0+ salmon, sea trout, Arctic charr and brown trout ready for encystment for the 2014/15 pearl mussel reproductive season.

Oral History Project - website launch

The Clear Waters website has just launched, a result of our one year Heritage Lottery funded Oral History Project. The website features videos compiled of photographs and interview excerpts from the archive, along with information on the Windermere catchment and some associated environmental issues. The Project involved collaboration with many organisations, and would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers who interviewed FBA scientists, anglers, naturalists and local residents. The transcripts of these interviews will be available through the Ambleside Oral History Group's website at the end of July.

To find out more visit http://www.clearwaters.org.uk/

Pilot accreditation course for surveyors of aquatic macrophytes

FBA has been awarded a contract to facilitate a pilot accreditation course for surveyors of aquatic macrophytes. Tutored by Dr Nigel Holmes, the course will run at FBA Windermere from Tuesday 29 July - Friday 1 August 2014 - book your place now! More information

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