Top skills of Freshwaters team recognised

February 2008

Three Countryside Survey researchers have recently been awarded the prestigious freshwater macroinvertebrate species-level Identification Qualification (IdQs).
Tracy Corbin, Dr. James Pretty and Helen Vincent, who are all Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) staff, exceeded the challenging 90% pass rate, whilst Tracy achieved a perfect 100%. All three are currently identifying animals sampled from headwater streams across Britain as part of last summer’s Countryside Survey.

IdQs are awarded by the Natural History Museum in London and give independent accreditation of identification skills. These latest awards reinforce the position of CEH as the leading laboratory in the UK for the identification of freshwater macroinvertebrates.

Dr. John Murphy, who is managing the freshwater component of Countryside Survey, said “Tracy, James and Helen have confirmed their status as national experts in their field.  This is a great boost for Countryside Survey as it ensures that the data being produced are of the highest quality and reliability.  We can use these data with the highest degree of confidence to accurately assess change in the biological condition of British headwater streams.”