Small Streams Characterisation System (SSCS) Course

The course is designed to train those who are interested in small streams on how best to monitor and characterise these small water bodies.

The rationale behind the course is outlined below:

  • The course is based on a simple premise: that obtaining high-quality information on the condition of our small streams is key for catchment and fishery managers to put in place plans to protect the high quality water-courses and improve the problematic areas.
  • This citizen science based training programme covers the collection of data on fauna, flora and hydromorphology (the physical structure of the stream channel). It provides volunteers with the required skills and training to walk and monitor the small streams in their particular location, both small mountain streams and discrete coastal streams.
  • The objective of the assessment is not to intentionally seek out pollution points but to objectively assess the current status of small streams. In many ways identifying and highlighting the presence of pristine streams that have been little impacted by agricultural or forestry practices, is as important as identifying problems in damaged or degraded streams.
  • The Institute of Fisheries Management has accredited the course and will issue a Certificate of Achievement to those who successfully complete the SSCS course.

The SSCS courses are run at various times in different areas of the country. There is no one calendar of courses. Best option is to email Ken Whelan for details of what’s on and when

The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Small Streams Characterisation System – Two Days

Small Streams Characterisation System (SSCS) Course

Peatlands Gathering 2021 (Ireland)

Post Conference Report and Recordings of Presentations

Full report on the conference and the event recordings are ready for viewing

You can access videos of all the sessions on the Peatlands Gathering site –  

You can also watch Day 1 & day 2 of Peatlands Gathering as playlists on Natural Capital Ireland’s YouTube channel:  

Day 1 Playlist –  

Day 2 Playlist –  

Access the PG21 Conference Report here:

EIFAAC Symposium 2022

Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change

The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium will be hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.  The Symposium will be held in Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry between the 20th and 21st June 2022