South East Rivers Trust

Category: River Restoration


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…


When it comes to protecting communities from the worst impacts of natural disasters like the recent floods in Cumbria, York and Manchester, it’s easy to feel a little helpless in the face of global-scale influences like El Nino and the Read more…


We are pleased to welcome a new member of Staff to the South East Rivers Trust: Chris Gardner, our new Catchment Manager. Chris has joined us with 17 years of experience as a fisheries scientist in both the public and Read more…


We’ve started our latest restoration project in Richmond Park, working to enhance the Beverley Brook in partnership with The Royal Parks, The Environment Agency, the Friends of Richmond Park and the Beverley Brook Catchment Partnership. Richmond Park is well known Read more…


This position is now closed.  A new opportunity has opened up to work with us in physical river restoration and delivery of catchment wide enhancements. The scope of the position has now been expanded to allow applications at both Project Read more…


Last week, Luke and I were lucky enough to spend three days on the Beverley Brook in Wimbledon Common. Like many rivers, the Beverley Brook has been modified over time to fit into our more developed urban landscape. Within Wimbledon Read more…


We head back to where the Hogsmill flows under the A3. Work started here in September when we used 230t to create a close to nature pool pass. For those that missed the blog and want to catch up on the Read more…


The quest for complete fish passage along the Hogsmill takes another step forward. This time we have been addressing the A240 road bridge footing. The footing is wide resulting in a shallow flow of water, further exacerbated by it coming Read more…


In a highly developed landscape such as Greater London, urban ponds can provide an important haven for wildlife and therefore it is important to keep the waters happy and healthy. Unfortunately over time urban ponds tend to fill up with Read more…


Over the last 2 years, the Wandle Trust has been intensifying efforts to tackle the considerable problem of pollution in the river. Often contamination can be tackled by our partners in the Environment Agency, tracking down pollution to the source. Read more…


When working in channel you really are dependent on dry weather conditions. This is especially so on the Hogsmill which acts like a spate river, with large flashy flows shortly after rain events.  I have been incredibly fortunate with the Read more…