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96th meeting (April 2016) | 97th meeting (October 2016)

SFG 96th meeting (April 2016)


Loch Lomond and trees

The Spring 2016 meeting of the Scottish Freshwater Group followed a different format to normal and was hosted by the University of Glasgow's Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) at Rowardennan. Day One consisted of presentations and posters while there was a second day of Bioblitz events.

Day One: Thursday 21 April 2016

Morning session: Freshwater research in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

Keynote presentation

Lunchtime poster presentations

  • The use of a genetic stock identification analytical framework to determine the origin of sea trout in the river Faughan, Northern Ireland (Jessica Fordyce)
  • Zooplankton of Loch Lomond (Iain Gunn)
  • Wetland restoration using a reintroduced ecosystem engineer (Alan Law)
  • More than just fish food: ecosystem services provided by freshwater insects (Craig Macadam)
  • Scotland's groundwater quality (Alan MacDonald)
  • Impact of Phoslock® addition on sediment-water-atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes in a eutrophic lake (Alanna Moore)
  • Native vs Alien: which invasive wins the battle in suppressing the most native species? (Zarah Pattison)
  • Natural Flood Management: evaluating catchment scale impacts on sub-surface storage, flowpaths and river discharge dynamics (Leo Peskett)
  • Linkages between riparian invasive plants, hydromorphology and salmonid fish in Scottish rivers (Alex Seeney)
  • Scottish saline lagoons (Katherine Whyte)

Afternoon session: A wider view of freshwater research in Scotland

SCENE student speed presentations

Evening Agenda: Guest speaker and discussion session

Day Two: Friday 22 April

Morning: Freshwater Bioblitz events (coordinators: Pauline Lang, Colin Adams, Laurence Carvalhi, Rona Brennan)

  • Brief overview (Laurence Carvalho, Colin Adams, Pauline Lang)
  • Loch Lomond (co-leaders: Colin Adams and Laurence Carvalho)
    • including a search for the Lomond worm, Arcteonais lomondi
  • Altquhur Burn (co-leaders: Jennifer Dodd and Craig Macadam)
    • including a search for the subterranean crustacean, Bathynella natans
  • Dubh Loch (co-leaders: Garth Foster and Iain Gunn)
    • including a search for the aquatic whirligig beetle, Gyrinus aeratus

Afternoon: Freshwater biodiversity recording and skills-transfer session

  • Processing of freshwater samples and taxonomic identification
  • Biodiversity recording - compiling species lists and relative abundance per sampling site
  • Learn a range of ID skills and contribute to freshwater biodiversity recording
    • Phytoplankton and Benthic Algae (Pauline Lang and Helen Woods)
    • Zooplankton (Iain Gunn)
    • Macrophytes (Laurence Carvalho and Iain Gunn)
    • Benthic Invertebrates (Jennifer Dodd, Craig Macadam and Colin Adams)
    • Aquatic Beetles (Garth Foster)
    • UK Lakes Portal - species queries and recording (Phil Taylor)
  • Feedback on bioblitz findings and wrap-up

SFG 97th Meeting (October 2016)

The 97th meeting will take place on Thursday 27th October 2016. Talks will be held in Lecture Theatre LT2V1 and poster demonstrations in room 2v2 in the Cottrell Building, University of Stirling. 

Morning session

Chair: Colin Bull (University of Stirling)

12:30 – 13:50  Lunch & Poster Demonstrations

Afternoon session - A Fuller Picture of Fisheries

The next meeting of the Scottish Freshwater Group will be on Thursday 20 April 2017.

To offer talks or a field visit to a demonstration restoration site or another BioBlitz event, please contact Pauline Lang.