Riparian Habitat Assessment
Plants growing along the edge of the waterbody are called riparian vegetation. Natural riparian vegetation is a valuable source of food and shelter, for animals on the land as well as for freshwater organisms such as native fish and invertebrates.
The condition of the habitat influences the physical and chemical quality of the water and the kinds and numbers of animals that live at a site.
Assessing the health of the habitat around the stream is very simple and involves a subjective judgement of five features: 1) quality of verge vegetation, 2) quality of bank vegetation, 3) extent of in-stream cover, 4) degree of bank erosion and stability, 5) variety of riffles, pools and bends.
Instructions on how to monitor, background teacher notes and extension activities can be found in the Teacher Information Pack.
Once you have undertaken your riparian habitat monitoring dont forget to send us your results via the Send us Your Data link below.