South East Rivers Trust

Category: Resilience


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…


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…


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…


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…


Back in September we recruited a small team of River Restorers to help us design and deliver a small scale river restoration project which would help re-naturalise a stretch of the Hogsmill in Ewell – no heavy machinery involved, just Read more…


Otford to Park Farm Fishery Walkover – Spring 2019 The River Darent rises from sandstone springs around Sevenoaks, Kent and to the west around Westerham. Flowing north, further chalk springs also contribute to the river as it makes its way Read more…


We have previously introduced the concept of Natural Flood Management (NFM) in an earlier blog. In the Medway Catchment (below), the South East Rivers Trust is delivering NFM with a range of partners in the Medway Flood Partnership and EU Read more…


The Hogsmill – a Chalk Stream in crisis The Hogsmill is classified as a chalk stream, a globally rare habitat, and one of around only 200 worldwide. Chalk streams give rise to a unique set of species that depend on Read more…


On World Rivers Day, we want to remind ourselves of the value of rivers to our society and the impact we have on them … Local legend has it that the River Nailbourne, in Elham valley, is the result of Read more…


It’s the not knowing that kills you. Monitoring the benefits of Natural Flood Management Two of our previous blogs explained what Natural Flood Management is and how it works. But how do we know that Natural Flood Management (NFM) is Read more…


“Don’t forget you can’t bring any single use plastic bottles into the building” These were the last words of the briefing to those attending this year’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) Conference. It was held at WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Read more…


Part 2: How does Natural Flood Management Work? In part 1 of this series, I described some of the reasons why groups across the UK have come up with the idea of working with nature to reduce flooding. The challenge 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…


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…


While we’re all suffering in the current heatwave, please spare a thought for the fish!   While we may be jealous of those spending all their time laying around in water 24-7, the fish can be affected at this time Read more…