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Critically Endangered Stonefly (Isogenus nubecula) Rediscovered after 22 Year Absence

Stonefly species rediscovered

After a 22-year absence the critically endangered stonefly Isogenus nubecula has been rediscovered in the River Dee in North Wales by John Davy-Bowker of the Freshwater Biological Association. Part of an ancient group of insects that have changed little since the Permian period 250 million years ago, stoneflies are typically found in cool, well oxygenated waters and are particularly susceptible to pollution.

Freshwater Communities and the Riverfly Partnership.


The Freshwater Biological Association is to become the Riverfly Partnership host from April 2017. The Riverfly Partnership is an independent organisation operating through charitable status of the Freshwater Biological Association. It consists of a network of over 100 supporting organisations representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant statutory bodies. With over 2400 active volunteers, 35 regional hubs and 1700 sites being monitored, the Riverfly Partnership is an excellent example of citizen science and community involvement in environmental monitoring and management.

Women in the History of Natural Sciences

The Society for the History of Natural History's summer conference will be on the theme of Women in the History of Natural Sciences, to take place in the Lake District, at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus on Thursday 15th June and at the Freshwater Biological Association, at Far Sawrey, on Friday 16th June 2017. 

This meeting will focus on the lives, work and stories of less well-known women who have made significant contributions to the life and earth sciences, whether as female virtuosi/ amateurs or as pioneering professionals. Participants can register for both one or two days.

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