The aim of this project is to select a suitable site, identify sub sites along the river reach, andbuild up the site profile, identifying fluvial features and the species diversity and numberswithin each location. By comparing and contrasting the statistical data it is possible toevaluate the ecological impact of the human activity on the biota present. The team (fourthird year geography students, me included) chose the site following certain criteria:
Within a fifteen minute drive of the College Campus.
Accessible without endangering team members.
Permission received (Appendix 1.)
to enter the land surrounding the riparian corridorknowing exactly what we proposed to do.
Site possessed a manmade watercourse built as part of a local stone and brick roadbridge, hence the stream features, flora and fauna could be examined upstream of this feature, on the actual concrete water course, and downstream of this feature.
Safety rules were recognised amongst the group and agreed to, following guide linesdrawn up by the University: Department of Geography, NUI (
name with held
) Fieldwork Guidelines for Students, an official set of guide lines which all students of theteam had previously signed and returned to the Geography Department.In order to compare and contrast the three sites a value is given to species (flora and fauna)and characteristics found within the stream riparian zone. For flora and fauna the scoringsystem used was that of the FSC field guide similar to the Small Stream Risk Score (SSRS)Method Manual (Walsh 2005). By giving the qualitative data a quantitative value it ispossible to present the data in histogram, pie chart format, giving an immediate visualrepresentation of results. This scoring method is explained in Appendix 2.