Newbattle Abbey College

Charity registered in Scotland SC035294

Vision: Scotland’s Life-Changing College Mission: To be a national residential learning community, promoting lifelong learning, raising aspiration, celebrating our diverse cultural heritage and supporting learners in transition. Values: In the delivery of our mission we will: – promote quality – empower individuals – work collaboratively – act with integrity and mutual respect – offer transformative lifelong learning – promote equality and diversity – encourage and support innovation

Current opportunity

Are you interested in and enthusiastic about looking after the River Esk? The ‘Riverfly on the Esk’ group surveys riverflies to determine how clean the river water is and identifies if a pollution event is occurring. Are you interested in helping clean up the River Esk? Riverfly surveys are a way of monitoring water quality by looking at the different types and number of insects in the river environment. If you are enthusiastic about the environment and free to join us at monthly sessions, this is the opportunity for you. At these sessions, you will help carry out a riverfly survey to monitor water quality of the River Esk, where you will be outdoors for a few hours in both dry and wet weather. The survey involves putting on waders and life jacket, entering the river and doing a kick-sample (disturbing the river sediment and collecting the insects in a net), reviewing the collected sample and determining water quality based on the number and diversity of riverflies. Proper training will be provided before you are asked to take part in a survey with another volunteer surveyor. You will be working alongside other volunteers and enjoy being part of a team. Everyone is welcome, although under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.