South East Rivers Trust

Category: River Restoration


In October 2016, a collaborative project between the South East Rivers Trust, Kent High Weald Partnership and the Environment Agency successfully removed three redundant weirs from a 1.5 km stretch of the Lesser Teise. The objectives of the project were Read more…


Ok, they haven’t built any aqueducts, roads or made any wine… However, recent research has demonstrated how important sea trout are in maintaining freshwater resident brown trout populations. This gives greater incentives for freshwater conservationists to improve fish passage so Read more…


It has now been two years since the river restoration work on the Beverley Brook through Richmond Park was completed. This time has allowed the two restored stretches with a cumulative length of 600 metres to adjust and naturalise in Read more…


No 12 on the Hogsmill obstruction hit list was the River Club weir. With very shallow flows plunging over its crest, and a drop of 0.7 m between the upstream and downstream water levels, this weir on the Hogsmill near Tolworth Read more…


The Hogsmill gauging station is an Environment Agency flow monitoring structure, essential for water resources planning and regulation.  It is the furthermost downstream weir in the catchment and poses a significant barrier to fish passage, preventing the recolonisation of fish Read more…


By Chris Gardner In 2015 the South East Rivers Trust was awarded a £31k grant through the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Catchment Partnership Action Fund (CPAF) to deliver fish passage and habitat improvements on the River Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer Read Part 1 and Part 2 first! And so 3 weirs fell! Gatehouse, Weir 1 New Lodge, Weir 2 and Dairyhouse, Weir 3 Watch the video of their removal here: A total of approximately 250 Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer Read Three Weirs part 1 here. After many months of planning the project we were finally able to start the fun part and get on the riverbank! The first job was to take delivery of Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer An Environment Agency assessment of the Teise and Lesser Teise, two tributaries of the Medway in Kent, indicated there is a problem with wild fish stocks in the river.  Generally there is an absence and/or Read more…


During the summer a collaborative project between Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Surrey Wildlife Trust Kingston Group and the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) was undertaken to improve elver and eel passage on one of the lower weirs of the Read more…


In August 2016 we were contracted by Kent Wildlife Trust to install a backwater on the River Eden near Penshurst in Kent. The river Eden is in the upper reaches of the Medway catchment and joins with the Upper Medway Read more…


Shortly I will post another blog updating you on how the river improvement works in Richmond Park are settling in one year after they were completed. Although the river habitat works have been completed (for now!) work has by no Read more…


A lot of our projects recently have been large scale – removing weirs, installing fish easement solutions and reprofiling large sections of river. But now it was time for the real professionals to step in… For one week in March, Read more…


Our Project Officer Rosie has been out on the River Teise undertaking her first weir removal. Why was this weir an issue? Harpers Weir formed an impassable barrier to fish passage on the Teise, a tributary of the River Medway Read more…


Thursday 17th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th March 10am – 4pm Hogsmill Open Nature Reserve This March, the South East Rivers Trust are delivering some restoration works on the Hogsmill through the Hogsmill Open Nature Reserve, and we are looking for volunteers Read more…


I am sure you have all been following the progress in Richmond Park with our Beverley Brook Restoration Project. Well now that the main channels works have been completed, we were ready to move on to the next stage: tree Read more…


The write up of the introduction to the project can be viewed here. I have now returned from being out at Richmond Park delivering the first phase of restoration to the Beverley Brook in Richmond Park. It has been a Read more…


We have been working in partnership with the Cuckmere and Pevensey Levels Partnership to deliver a fish passage project at Sessingham Weir on the Cuckmere. The weir currently causes an impassable barrier to fish, preventing them from accessing all the habitat Read more…


We’ve started our project on the River Teise to make a weir passable for fish migration. Weirs were introduced years ago to help control the flow of water, allowing our ancestors to operate mills. Nowadays many remain in rivers despite no Read more…


Last month, we ventured all the way to Dover to start delivery of our River Dour Restoration Project. The Dour is a short river, roughly 4 km in length, which runs into the sea at Dover Harbour. We were addressing fish passage Read more…