South East Rivers Trust

We’ve had just over a week to recover from London Rivers Week 2019 and what a week it was! London Rivers Week is a week long campaign and festival inspiring the public to discover and celebrate London’s 600 km (373 Read more…


“Chalk rivers should be protected or restored to a quality which sustains the high conservation value of their wildlife, healthy water supplies, recreation opportunities and their place in the character and cultural history of the landscape.” The State of England’s Read more…


Part 1: An Introduction to NFM Flooding has become an increasing problem in the UK and Europe. Here in Kent, we’ve witnessed a number of remarkable flood events in recent years, such as the floods of 2013, when on Christmas Read more…


Harris Junior Academy in Carshalton has been part of our SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project from the start. They have shown a real commitment to the project, agreeing to have a comprehensive SuDS scheme installed at their school while also Read more…


After nearly 2 months on-site, I’m pleased to share some more details of our work on the Beverley Brook through Wimbledon Common which has been completed (for now!) Why have we restored this stretch of the Beverley Brook? Read our Read more…


Since we removed three redundant weirs from a 1.5 km stretch of the Lesser Teise in 2016, the river has been doing a great job at repairing itself and turning back into a functioning system. With water levels upstream of Read more…


Introducing our latest project: Holistic Water for Horticulture What is Polytunnel Horticulture? Polytunnels (pictured above) allow growers to produce high value soft fruits over extended seasons so that fruit is available for a much longer period in the year. For Read more…


On 5th March, we hosted the Rivers Trust Spring Conference in Canterbury (Kent), focussing on Natural Capital and Water Resources and launching the Interreg PROWATER Project.   “There has never been a more important time to talk about water resources.” Read more…


Defra has proposed changes to how our rivers are managed and regulated which could bring about major benefits. Healthy rivers need good, sustainable flows of high quality water. Natural processes shaped by these two fundamental factors combine to create a Read more…


Last Autumn, as part of our SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project, an Open Day was held at our Denmark Road rain garden.  Children from local schools were invited to engage in a range of activities, including planting bulbs in and Read more…


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…


Last year we called on you all to respond to your local water company’s Water Resource Management and Business plan consultations. Collectively, these will lay out the water company’s investment for the next five years, as well as the long-term Read more…


This year, South East Rivers Trust is hosting the annual Rivers Trust Conference and putting the focus on protecting and restoring water resources in a changing climate. We are using the opportunity to launch our Interreg 2 Seas project, PROWATER, 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…


Rivers are the lifeblood of the UK; where would we be without them?   Rivers provide us with freshwater. Without rivers, we could not have a shower, wash our clothes, stay hydrated or even flush the loo. They are an Read more…


2018 has been a big year for SERT! Our team has grown in size and we’ve both started and completed some fantastic projects. Here are some of the team’s favourite moments: Bella – Trust Director This was the first photo of Read more…


by Dr Chris Gardner   What are Salmonids? In the UK, the salmonids we have are brown / sea trout [Salmo Trutta] and Atlantic salmon [Salmo salar]. Salmonid fishes are gravel spawners, depositing their eggs in redds ‘cut’ by spawning Read more…