South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)


Get to know your local river and join us at one of our volunteering events.

Please note, currently the majority of our events and volunteering opportunities are in south London. We hope to expand our activities over time.

In the current difficult situation with the threat that COVID-19 poses, we have made essential changes to our event format to keep all attendees and staff safe.

Events will be held in small groups and booking will be ESSENTIAL! Many of our volunteer days will be split into two sessions to allow more people the opportunity to come along – please don’t book onto both sessions on one day.

Events are being organised and structured in a way to maintain social distancing at all times. 

Each volunteer will have their own set of equipment and will be asked to bring their own gloves, water, hand gel, mask and food. Equipment will be thoroughly sanitised or quarantined between uses.

Full guidance, with event specific information, will be shared during the booking process. We look forward to working with you all again soon!

 


 

Norbury Park Guided Walks

Dates: 26/07/2021 and 18/08/2021

Time: 11am-1pm on both the dates above.

Meeting Point: Norbury Park Car Park, Leatherhead KT22 9BS. MAP HERE.

Activity: Join SERT and Surrey Wildlife Trust on the banks of the River Mole as it flows though Norbury Park. As part of our Thames Catchment Community Eels Project we’ll be exploring the fantastic habitats of the River Mole and sharing with you the incredible tales of the European eel and other the wildlife that lives alongside it.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Please email Mole@southeastriverstrust.org to reserve your spot, please state which date you’d like to attend.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

 


 

Grattons Park Guided Walk

Date: 27/07/2021

Time: 11am – 1pm

Meeting Point: Grattons Park Car park, St Mary’s Drive, Crawley, RH10 3BG. MAP HERE.

Activity: Join SERT and on the banks of the Gatwick Stream as it flows through Grattons Park. As part of our Thames Catchment Community Eels Project we’ll be exploring the fantastic habitats created here through restoration and re-naturalisation of the river, as well as sharing with you the incredible tales of the European eel and other the wildlife that lives alongside it. We’ll also give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the smallest river inhabitants by collecting a sample from the stream. An exciting event for the whole family.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Please email Mole@southeastriverstrust.org to reserve your spot.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

 


 

Pyl Brook Yellow Fish – Only Rain Down The Drain!

Date: 28/07/2021

Session Time: 6pm – 8pm

Activity: Help protect the Pyl Brook (a tributary of the Beverley Brook) from pollution by helping us share the Yellow Fish message – Only Rain Down The Drain!

Many of the drains that line our streets flow directly into the nearest river, a fact which most people are unaware of. This means that detergents, paints, oils and other toxic substances are often poured down road drains and head straight to the river, negatively affecting the wildlife that calls the Pyl Brook and Beverley Brook home.

At this event we’ll be installing markers next to drains along residential roads, promoting the scheme to local residents and stencilling eye catching designs around each drain to make sure everyone is aware that these drains should only be carrying rainwater to the river.

Whether you’re practically minded or have a creative eye there will be lots for you to help with at this event as we get all hands on deck to try and stop irresponsible use of nearby road drains.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Click here and complete the booking form to secure your spot.

 


 

Pyl Brook Yellow Fish – Only Rain Down The Drain!

Date: 05/08/2021

Session Time: 6pm – 8pm

Activity: Help protect the Pyl Brook (a tributary of the Beverley Brook) from pollution by helping us share the Yellow Fish message – Only Rain Down The Drain!

Many of the drains that line our streets flow directly into the nearest river, a fact which most people are unaware of. This means that detergents, paints, oils and other toxic substances are often poured down road drains and head straight to the river, negatively affecting the wildlife that calls the Pyl Brook and Beverley Brook home.

At this event we’ll be installing markers next to drains along residential roads, promoting the scheme to local residents and stencilling eye catching designs around each drain to make sure everyone is aware that these drains should only be carrying rainwater to the river.

Whether you’re practically minded or have a creative eye there will be lots for you to help with at this event as we get all hands on deck to try and stop irresponsible use of nearby road drains.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Click here and complete the booking form to secure your spot.

 


 

Riverfly Monitoring Initiative

The Riverfly Monitoring Initiative is a national scheme to help monitor the health of our rivers. It gives trained volunteers the tools to detect recent pollution events, builds essential long-term datasets on the health of rivers and links volunteers with other organisations who are working to improve our rivers.

SERT coordinate many Riverfly Monitoring sites along the Wandle Hogsmill and Beverley Brook and we are looking for volunteers to join these teams.

What’s involved?

Each month our Riverfly volunteers attend their monitoring site and collect a sample of invertebrates from the river. The number and range of species they find gives the sample a score which indicates the health of the river and whether there has been any pollution. You can read more about riverfly on our webpage HERE. 

This year the training will take place in two parts. An online theory session followed by a practical outdoor session at the river.

Online Training:

Thursday 5th of August 4pm-7pm

or

Thursday 12th of August 4pm-7pm

Book your spot at one of these sessions here.

Practical Training:

Location – Barnes Green (meet next to the footbridge), London SW13 0DQ. MAP HERE.

Date – Wednesday 18th of August 4pm-7pm.

Please email jess@southeastriverstrust.org to book your spot at the practical session.

Please only register if you can commit to attending BOTH the online theory and practical sessions.

 


 

Gatwick Greenspace Guided Walk

Date: 12/08/2021

Times: 6pm – 8pm

Meeting Point: Entrance to Gatwick Greenspace on Povey Cross Road, Horley, RH6 0AQ. MAP HERE.

Activity: Join SERT and Gatwick Greenspace Partnership on the banks of the River Mole as it flows though Gatwick Greenspace. As part of our Thames Catchment Community Eels Project we’ll be exploring the fantastic habitats of the River Mole and sharing with you the incredible tales of the European eel and other the wildlife that lives alongside it.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Please email Mole@southeastriverstrust.org to reserve your spot.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

 


 

Emm Brook Guided Walk

Date: 14/08/2021

Times: 11am – 1pm or 2pm-4pm

Meeting Point: Next to the wildlife sign by the bridge behind the Morrisons, Woosehill Shopping Centre, Wokingham RG41 3SW (nearest post code)MAP HERE.

Activity: Join SERT and on the banks of the Emm Brook as it flows through Riverside Park in Woosehill.  This is your chance to discover the Emm Brook’s hidden potential. What is a palaeochannel?  Why are meanders important? What is causing barriers for wildlife?  What are SERT’s plans for improving the river for wildlife and people?  

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Click here and complete the booking form to secure a place on the morning session.

Click here and complete the booking form to secure a place on the afternoon session.

This project is funded by European Structural and Investment Funds and by the Environment Agency.


Please check back regularly as more events will be added in time. Sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

Is the event you want to book onto full already?

You can email volunteering@southeastriverstrust.org to be added to the waiting list.