South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

This year, Loddon Rivers Week 2021 took place between the 18th and 26th of September.   The week is a celebration of the River Loddon and its tributaries and we had some great events to get local people discovering more Read more…


After a year of lockdown, we are excited to announce that Loddon Rivers Week is back for 2021 – Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th September.  To manage numbers, you must book onto any event you wish to attend. Booking information Read more…


  Do you want to have your say on improving the Hogsmill River for people and wildlife? The South East Rivers Trust works alongside many fantastic partners in the Hogsmill Catchment Partnership to improve the river. We use data and Read more…


The South East Rivers Trust have been working with Sutton Council to deliver a SuDS in Schools project in Carshalton. Delivering a SuDS project has been a new and valuable experience for the Trust.   For detailed reports and guidance on Read more…


The Urban Wetland Design Guide There is no doubt that we are going through a massive and positive paradigm shift. It is finally hitting home that human activities thoroughly depend on the health of the natural environment and the sustainability Read more…


A river runs through the restored channel at Acacia Hall/Central Park, Dartford. The Central Park/ Acacia Hall River Restoration Project took a massive step forward at the end of March.  On the Thursday 25th of March 2021, after months of Read more…


While Covid-19 has affected our plans for the SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project, at the South East Rivers Trust we have used this opportunity to shift our focus from Education and Engagement to Design and Delivery – increasing the expertise Read more…


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…