South East Rivers Trust

Category: River Restoration


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…


Central Park and Acacia Hall, Dartford From Autumn 2019, Central Park will see the start of work to restore a 700m stretch of the River Darent for the benefit of wildlife and public amenity. The restoration works will bring a 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…


“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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


The last week of September was Loddon Rivers Week 2018!   From a bat walk in Basingstoke to wading in the Whitewater, we’ve had a brilliant week celebrating all the wonderful rivers flowing through the Loddon Catchment. A huge thank Read more…


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…