Training resources relevant to all river watchers

Training resource 1: Stay safe – a guide for river watchers 

Please ensure you read this document before you carry out any monitoring activities.

Training resource 2: Understanding ‘catchments’ and ‘natural flood managment’

  • What do we mean by the term ‘catchment’?

(click video to view larger version)

  • Red Burn catchment jigsaw puzzle – piece together your local catchment! (click map below to load the jigsaw):

preview35 pieceRed Burn Catchment – Acomb

Training resource 3: Weather & floods, forecasts & warnings

Be prepared, know when to expect severe weather events and find out whether there are any weather or flood warnings in place affecting your local catchment.

Training cards to support community-based monitoring activities

Training resource 4: Rainfall

Manually observe daily rainfall using a plastic rain gauge in your garden.

Met Office Rain Infographic

Training resource 5: River level using a gauge board

Visually observe the river level gauge boards along the Birkey Burn and Red Burn.

Training resource 6: Flooding and extreme weather impacts

Observe changes in the water environment before, during and after a severe weather event (e.g. heavy rainfall which causes flooding).

Training resource 7: Water quality

Training and resources to help you submit your observations and stay connected with the wider community:

Training resource 8: Shared Red Burn Dropbox folder 

Please contact Action 4 Acomb or email if you would like to join the shared ‘Red Burn Dropbox‘ folder. By joining the folder you will be able to drop your own observations into the folder and also view observations made by the wider community. This is our preferred option if you intend to observe the water environment on a regular or ongoing basis.

Training resource 9: Web submission form

Use our web form to submit your observations if you do not yet have access to the shared Dropbox folder.

Training resource 10: Twitter

Training resource 11: Community river and weather app

An Android app which will allow you to submit your river levels, river observations and weather descriptions.

To download the app you need an Android device (version 4 onwards)


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