South East Rivers Trust

Author: Toby


Having covered how the upstream barriers were tackled with the creation of the 60 m pool pass, it was time to focus on the furthest most downstream weir (Barrier 4). This weir is formed when the concrete slab beneath a Read more…


This is part two of a series of blogs detailing our latest work as part of the Hogsmill Connectivity Project. Read Part 1 here. With the factors impacting the ability of fish to pass the Sewage Treatment Works site outlined Read more…


In 2012, the Trust embarked on an ambitious project to re-connect and “open-up” the whole Hogsmill River to fish passage. Since then, we have delivered 5 weir removals and 11 fish passage easements (such as rock ramps and baffle solutions). Read more…


We’ve just started work on a very exciting project to enhance the section of the Beverley Brook that runs through Wimbledon Common. This project is being carried out in conjunction with Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators and Merton Council and Read more…


It has now been two years since the river restoration work on the Beverley Brook through Richmond Park was completed. This time has allowed the two restored stretches with a cumulative length of 600 metres to adjust and naturalise in Read more…


In August we were very lucky to receive funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation to install a Downstream Defender (silt trap) at Richmond Park, which will stop pollutants (such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons) reaching the Beverley Brook and improve local Read more…


Last Sunday, Nick and I rode 54 miles in the name of rivers, completing the London to Brighton cycle ride. This blog is our way of saying thank you to all of those who supported and sponsored us along the Read more…


The Hogsmill gauging station is an Environment Agency flow monitoring structure, essential for water resources planning and regulation.  It is the furthermost downstream weir in the catchment and poses a significant barrier to fish passage, preventing the recolonisation of fish Read more…


Shortly I will post another blog updating you on how the river improvement works in Richmond Park are settling in one year after they were completed. Although the river habitat works have been completed (for now!) work has by no Read more…


The write up of the introduction to the project can be viewed here. I have now returned from being out at Richmond Park delivering the first phase of restoration to the Beverley Brook in Richmond Park. It has been a Read more…


We head back to where the Hogsmill flows under the A3. Work started here in September when we used 230t to create a close to nature pool pass. For those that missed the blog and want to catch up on the Read more…


The quest for complete fish passage along the Hogsmill takes another step forward. This time we have been addressing the A240 road bridge footing. The footing is wide resulting in a shallow flow of water, further exacerbated by it coming Read more…


When working in channel you really are dependent on dry weather conditions. This is especially so on the Hogsmill which acts like a spate river, with large flashy flows shortly after rain events.  I have been incredibly fortunate with the Read more…


With barely enough time to draw breath, attention jumped from the headwaters in Ewell to the middle reaches near Tolworth, where the Hogsmill flows under the A3. The water through the culvert under the road is shallow. At the downstream Read more…


I am now back in the office and it’s time to update on the past six weeks which has been a busy time on the Hogsmill delivering a couple of projects in-house.  I will go back to the 11th of Read more…


As part of the continuing Defra funded Catchment Restoration Fund aimed at increasing fish passage on the Hogsmill River, this week saw us addressing the weir that we recently installed an eel pass onto in Kingston. With removal of the Read more…


A joint effort between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Thames Anglers Conservancy (TAC) and South East Rivers Trust continued the ongoing efforts to assist elvers/eels with the final stages of their long 3500 mile migration from the Sargasso Sea up Read more…


Hogsmill Planting and Wooded Debris Fixing Last Wednesday saw the Trust accompanied by the great volunteer help of Epsom and Ewell’s  Countryside Team return to the site of the weir removals that took place last August in the headwaters of the river Read more…


Phase 3: Planting (2nd April) The final phase of the work at Kingston University was to give nature a little assistance by planting up the newly installed brash and gravels. A wide selection of native, locally found species were selected Read more…


Phase 2: Wetland Creation (15th, 16th & 17th March) The weather continued to behave itself on the days and weeks approaching the main push of the works at Kingston University’s Knights Park Campus. This resulted in river levels dropping to Read more…