INSECT charity Buglife Scotland has launched its Keepers of Our Rivers project to monitor life in Scotland’s burns.

Members of the public will be trained to identify creatures that live in Scottish streams.

Their research will help monitor the health of our nation’s waterways.

There are community groups, schools and individuals recruited to participate in the citizen science program..

Rebecca Lewis, Guardians of our Rivers project manager, said: “Freshwater invertebrates play an important role as the canaries of our rivers, but they are often forgotten.

“This new project will bring them into the spotlight, allowing local people to learn about them and use them to assess the health of their local river.”

Trin Bragstein, co-ordinator of the Riverfly Partnership, which is working with Buglife Scotland on the scheme, added: “The Guardians of our Rivers project is exactly what we need right now; a way for people to interact with their natural environment, become custodians of their rivers, connect with each other and feel empowered to effect positive change.”

The Riverfly Partnership brings together anglers, river managers and other groups to understand and protect river flies.

Read more stories at Scottish fieldwildlife pages.

Also, don’t miss the photos of the deadbeats taken by photographer Kevin Morgans November issue Scottish field magazine.

Buglife Scotland launches ‘Guardians of our Rivers’