South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

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…


Our volunteers were incredibly busy back in February carrying out River Restoration on the Beverley Brook and Wandle. Wimbledon Common River Restorers At the start of 2020, a new group of volunteer River Restorers came together to learn about natural Read more…


World Water Day has been held on March 22nd every year since 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of our freshwater resources. This year, the focus was on the links between climate change and water. We wanted to share Read more…


We would like to introduce David Courtneidge as our new Project Officer in the River Restoration Delivery Team. David started in mid-January and is already getting stuck into several projects on the River Darent at Otford and Eynsford, the River Read more…


We are very happy to welcome Niki Karagkouni, our new GIS Analyst! Niki’s background is in Geo-informatics and Topography, joining us with an MSc in Environmental Sciences. Niki has many years of experience as a researcher, working on both marine Read more…


We are pleased to introduce Harry – our new Assistant Project Officer! Harry will be joining Toby, Nick and Miguel in the River Restoration Delivery Team. He has already been put to the test supporting our work at Acacia Hall Read more…