Learn more about macroinvertebrates
If you are interested in getting involved in the Waterbug Census, watch this short video to learn more about macroinvertebrates and see how monitoring is undertaken.
To get involved in monitoring in your local area, come along to a training session. These sessions help refine your identification skills and build your confidence to name that bug.
Contact us to find out about a training session in your local area.
Macroinvertebrate monitoring occurs in autumn and spring at designated sites across Melbourne.
Waterbug Census monitoring is a simple process that many people can get involved with:
- Collect a bug sample at your local creek.
- Pour macroinvertebrates into viewing trays and pick out all the different bugs present.
- Identify each different bug that is found and record it on the data sheet.
This data is collected using the Agreed Level Taxonomy (ALT) method to ensure data quality and to maintain consistency across sites.
Contact us to get involved in monitoring macroinvertebrates at your local waterway.
Waterbug Census on Scope
See the Waterbug Census on Channel 11’s science show Scope and learn more about waterbugs and what they can tell us about our waterways. Waterbugs are small animals such as insects, molluscs and crustaceans that are important indicators of aquatic health.
How Waterbug Census information is used
The information collected through the Waterbug Census contributes to ongoing research and helps Melbourne Water to track the health of our waterways. This information can also be very useful to the community to help people to understand more about their local area.
Waterbug Census information is also available to the Atlas of Living Australia, contributing to national biodiversity records.
Contact us for records from your local waterway.
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