Events

AGM 2020
Date : Monday 2nd November
Time:   7pm until 9pm
We would be delighted if you could join us, the meeting is open to all interested parties.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this AGM will be held in the form of a Zoom webinar.

Our guest speaker will be Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Archaeology Officer of North Hertfordshire District Council Museums Service, who will present  ‘The Forked River: the heritage of the upper Ivel

Registration
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3016033888773/WN_7686LDQVSaK0vx_k-edc5A
After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Documents
Agenda
Minutes of the inaugural AGM October 2019
Proposed revised constitution
Membership renewal form

Procedure
In the webinar format, the ‘panellists’ will be the RevIvel committee and the speaker. All other attendees are by default neither seen or heard.  If an attendee wishes to say something then they can either use the ‘chat’ feature directed to panellists, everyone, individuals Etc, or they can “raise their hand” and request to speak.

Recording
The webinar will be recorded for the purposes of historical record, however, the recording will not be put in the public domain but the link to it will be available to members upon request.

Voting
We will be using zoom polling.  Since only current members are eligible to vote but zoom polling allows all panellists and attendees to vote, this means the result shown at the end of each vote is by definition provisional only.  We have set zoom so poll results are NOT anonymised so the result of each vote can be cross-checked against the current membership list.  This will take a bit of time but we believe it will be possible to announce the true result of each vote a bit later in the meeting.
9th September 2020
Chalk Stream Invertebrates & Riverfly Monitoring
Simon Stebbings
Simon Stebbings, Cooordinator of Chilterns, Herts & Middlesex Riverfly Hub, will talk about chalk stream invertebrates and riverfly monitoring.
The health of a river is dependent on many factors, three primary ones being water quality, habitat and flow.  Riverfly populations reflect the health of our rivers and still waters. They are sensitive indicators of water quality and commonly referred to as the rivers’ ‘canary’.
Reported apparent declines in riverfly numbers are of increasing concern whilst the factors that may cause a detrimental impact to riverfly populations are numerous, and include pollution. Small and large scale incidents can happen at any time, spelling disaster for river wildlife. Regular monitoring is the best way of identifying these early-on and enabling a rapid response.
The Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) is a national scheme, launched by the Riverfly Partnership in 2007. It is used as a “neighbourhood watch” for rivers across the UK. It helps rivers to be monitored more widely, and more often than is possible by the Environment Agency alone.
Local people and groups are trained on how to monitor their river and report pollution incidents, so they can be better protected. It involves sampling the river each month, counting eight pollution-sensitive invertebrate groups, and reporting a pollution incident if they fail to meet an agreed limit.
Register via the link below and joining instructions will be sent to you.
All welcome.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D7-QLyvkQWCtAiPF0-0rXw
23rd September 2020
Seven Deadly Sins – the seven lies told to you by water companies and the Environment Agency
Feargal Sharkey
Following a successful career in the music industry, keen fly fisherman Feargal Sharkey OBE is now chairman of Amwell Magna Fishery, the oldest angling club in Britain still fishing the same water.  He is an outspoken critic of the national bodies tasked with managing our rivers and the environment, and an active campaigner for rivers.  In this talk he will argue that we have been repeating the same mistakes on chalk streams for over 30 years, and explain what, in his view, needs to change.
Free. All welcome. Click here to register in advance and joining instructions will be sent to you.