South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

We’re eel-y excited to announce that Thames Rivers Trust in partnership with the South East Rivers Trust, Action for the River Kennet, and Thames21, have been successful in gaining funding to aid the long-term survival of the European eel. Eels Read more…


We would like to introduce three new starters to the SERT team. Melanie Sanders and Tom Harrisson are our new Catchment Officers in the Catchment Team. Melanie will be covering the Mole and Cuckmere catchments, and Tom the Medway and Read more…


Latest news on the Chamber Mead wetland creation project. Updated 20/01/2021 – The blog below has been updated to reflect the fact that the decision has now been made not to spread excavated earth on the area of scrubland previously identified Read more…


REASONS TO BE WILD have teamed up with the South East Rivers Trust to spotlight a British wildlife gem, the European kingfisher.   The members of this artistic collective love collaborating with organisations or projects that are helping each animal they Read more…


Our charity Christmas cards highlight the importance of river cleanups. Created by local illustrator Jane Porter, the cards showcase her famous Wandle Alphabet.  “It took five years of wading, rummaging, sifting and heaving but my Wandle alphabet is finally complete Read more…


To a casual observer the River Loddon at Charvil Meadows may feel like a wild and diverse part of the river. In this part of the Loddon large woody material can be found in abundance. Stands of trees line the Read more…


In September 2020, we successfully installed 2 fish passes on a weir on the River Ock in Abingdon. The River Ock is a small tributary of the Thames and owes its name to the pre Saxon word “Ock” meaning young Read more…


Raw sewage is entering UK rivers on a horrifyingly regular basis, damaging our river ecosystems and putting public health at risk. In 2019 alone, untreated sewage poured into England’s rivers for an astounding 1.5 million hours, over the course of Read more…


Earthworms are probably not the first iconic species you think of in the context of river health. It’s easy to laugh at the notion that the wriggly pink strings that hide underneath your compost bin are a key part of Read more…


September has been an exciting month for us at the Trust, because we’ve been able to re-introduce volunteering events and get back to what we love most: getting stuck in to helping rivers with other likeminded people. As you’d expect, Read more…


Through our ongoing Natural Flood Management project (FRAMES), I’ve recently been working as part of a team in Kent focusing on construction of leaky wooden structures (LWS) – you can learn more about them, and how they work, in Dean’s Read more…


In Natural Flood Management we seek to use the landscape to store water during flood events, to reduce peak flows downstream, and make damage to homes and businesses less likely. See our ‘Natural Flood Management – how does it work?’ Read more…


An earlier blog provided an overview on the work the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) is carrying out in the School Stream catchment to identify potential Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects alongside partners in the Medway Flood Partnership and EU Read more…


By 2050, the South East of England will need to find at least an additional 1 billion litres of water per day to meet demand in the region. That is about a fifth of the water used in the region Read more…


Having completed most of the river works on the River Darent in Central Park, Dartford in January 2020, we now have a bit of time to tell you what we got up to! To read up on some of the Read more…


Can you help us defeat Himalayan balsam with your household this Invasive Species Week? This week is Invasive Species Week and it’s also the season we’d usually be out with our volunteers bashing some Himalayan balsam. This problematic plant is Read more…


I can so clearly remember, within a few weeks of starting my dream job at SERT, standing on the banks of a beautiful chalk stream in the headwaters of the River Loddon in Hampshire: “Oh no” (I thought) “I should Read more…


We have finally been able to install some of our baseline monitoring equipment, which we are using at one of our pilot sites for the PROWATER project! PROWATER is a partnership project we are delivering locally with Kent County Council Read more…


The South East Rivers Trust, a grassroots environmental charity working to improve rivers in areas including south London, Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, has launched an online programme providing activities, challenges and information to help you stay connected to Read more…