South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Events Announced for Loddon Rivers Week 2019!

Loddon Rivers Week: 21st – 29th September 2019

This year we are proud to be working with Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, Dinton Activity Centre and Basingstoke Green Week to deliver a wide variety of activities celebrating the enjoyment & wellbeing we gain from the natural world. Those with a watery theme are listed here.

They are correct as of today, but the outdoors can be unpredictable so please check with the links to the organisers closer to the time. Please note some need booking in advance with limited places, and a few require small payments, though most are free. We look forward to seeing you during Loddon Rivers Week.

Fresh Water Watch

Your chance to take part in a mass citizen science event giving a valuable snapshot of Water Quality across the Thames and its tributaries. Everyone should sample between the 20th and 23rd of September,

Kit and instructions available direct HERE before the 15th of September or by contacting before the 18th or pick up a kit on Monday 23rd September at the Pennywort Safari, GU51 5SU

Saturday 21st September

1. Blackwater Valley River Walk – Exact Location TBC

Time: 10.00-13.00

Paul Sanders is an experienced local walk leader. He will be leading a special walk that covers a tributary of the Blackwater amongst other features.

More information HERE.

2. Paddleboarding Taster Session

Time: 10.00-11.30

Location: Dinton Activity Centre

Booking Essential! Cost £25 per person. Paddleboarding  Age 8+ You will quickly pick up the skills with our enthusiastic paddleboard instructors – the boards are remarkably stable once you get used to it – and in no time you will be gliding across the water, enjoying the lake from a different perspective.

More details HERE

3. Bat Walk at Shepherd Meadows

Time: 19.15-21.15

Location: Shepherd Meadows Marshall Road, GU47 0FJ. Grid ref: SU848607.

You’ll need to bring a torch to find your way in the dark, wrap up warm, and expect to be exploring for about two hours. This is a great evening for all the family.

More information and to book HERE

Sunday 22nd September – World Rivers Day!

1. Guided Bird walk at Tice’s Meadow

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Meet: Tice’s Meadow, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham GU9 9LY

This event is run in conjunction with the Surrey Bird Club, is about 1.5 miles long and lasts around three hours. Stout footwear (wellies if wet) are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them, but there will be some spare pairs to lend out. This event is suitable for families with children but we ask that children under 16 are accompanied by an adult and dogs are kept on a lead.

More information HERE

2. South East Water – Water Efficiency Trailer

Time: All day

Location: Castle Square, the Malls Shopping centre (outside Wilkinsons) Basingstoke.

Our region is water stressed – we use more water than we need to, placing a strain on valuable and globally rare habitats such as chalk streams. Visit the ‘South East Water Efficiency Trailer’ for everyday top tips on saving water.

More information HERE

Monday 23rd September 

1. Pennywort Safari on the Basingstoke Canal

Time: 10:00-15:00

Location: Crookham Wharf car park opposite the Exchequer Pub, Crookham Village, GU51 5SU

We hope not to find any pennywort but there are reports of some near Fleet.  We will also have some test kits for Thames Water Blitz for anyone interested in taking part in this global citizen science project.

You can sign up to the pennywort safari by emailing 


2. River talk on the recovery of the Blackwater

Time: 19.30 – 21.30

Location: Rowhill Field Centre, Cranmore Lane, Aldershot, GU11 3BD

‘The revival of the Blackwater Valley – 40 years and counting’
The evening will touch upon some surprising events in the Valley’s history, how it became the recreational gem it is today, and what the future holds for it.

More information HERE.

Tuesday 24th September

Wetland restoration on the Basingstoke canal

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

We’ll be clearing invasive scrub to open up the bank along the Basingstoke Canal in Wellesley Woodlands. This task will provide a great waterside habitat for animals such as dragonflies who use this SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). We’ll be working on the shore with some boat paddling for those intrepid volunteers.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring any nuts (including peanuts). One team member has a serious allergy.

More Information HERE

Wednesday 25th September

1. CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER – River Rehabilitation on the Blackwater River

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Location: At the car park off Lakeside Road, GU12 5AN

Sadly, this batch of heavy rain has meant we have had to cancel Wednesday’s river restoration event on the River Blackwater at Lakeside, Aldershot.

A range of activities for all comers, from clearing litter from the river and park, to removing invasive aquatic plants and installing wood structures to help clear gravels of silt that smothers the river bed.

Please email for more information.

2. River School at Dinton Activity Centre

Time: 10:30-13:00

Location: Sandford Lane, Wokingham , RG10 OSU

Join our enthusiastic rangers for river studies including pond dipping and exploring river habitats.  Small charge of £4 per person.

Please email for more information.

3. Bat Walk at Black Dam Ponds

Time: 18.30

Location: Black Dam Ponds, Basingstoke.

Join Hampshire Bat Group and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council staff and volunteers around Black Dam ponds and Crabtree Plantation to discover nocturnal species. Wear warm layers, suitable footwear and bring a torch.

More information and to book HERE

4. Boats and BBQ Session

Time: 19.00

Location: Dinton Activity Centre

Cost: £12. Come and mess about in a boat with safety cover at hand. There will be barbeque pits available for the evening with a bring your own BBQ food.

More information HERE

Thursday 26th September

1. Wetland Restoration at Tices Meadow

Time: 10.00-15.00

Location: Tice’s meadow main entrance gate at Pea Bridge where Badshot Lea Rd crosses the River Blackwater.

We’ll be cutting back Willow saplings and scrub to let light into the river diversion to improve the habitat. The task will be on dry land and some wellie work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring any nuts (including peanuts). One team member has a serious allergy.

More information HERE.

2. Guided tour Thames Water sewage treatment works – followed by river walk (see below)

Time: 10.00-13.00

Location: Basingstoke STW Whitmarsh Lane, Basingstoke, RG24 8LL

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the workings of the local Thames Water facility. This treatment works serves approximately 135,000 people for waste water treatment, running 365 days a year. New technology allows the works to generate enough renewable energy to be selfsufficient. You will see how waste water is treated from the moment it arrives on site until it leaves the treatment works. You will also see the new Thermal Hydrolysis Plant which makes the works a great renewable energy provider exporting power back to the National Grid.

Please be aware that this is a working site and as such you will need to wear sturdy boots. All other personal protective equipment will be provided.

Booking Essential:, 07747641015

More information HERE

3. River Walk – A Tale of Two Rivers

Time: 13.30


Following the tour of the STW, there’s an opportunity to compare two neighbouring rivers that epitomise contrasts in rivers under different management regimes; Petty’s Brook and the River Loddon. There will be a chance to examine the animals that live on the river bed with a demonstration of electro-fishing and ‘kick sampling’ – a standard technique used to monitor river health.

Please dress for September weather and make sure you have sturdy footwear. The ground is uneven in places, so care needs to be taken to avoid trips and falls. There’s no need to be at the STW tour first as we know places are tight for that tour – but we will be gathering at the STW after the tour to start the walk.

More information please email

Friday 27th September


Time: 10.00-15.00

Location: Bassetts Mead. Meet at the car park off Doctor’s Acre.

Sadly, this batch of heavy rain has meant we have had to cancel this event.

We’re continuing our restoration work at this popular Local Nature Reserve, managed by Hants & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This year, supported by Hook Parish Council, we will be replenishing gravels that provide valuable fish spawning beds, and are the basis of the habitats that are home to the invertebrates like mayflies, providing food for fish populations and the beautiful demoiselles that brighten our days.

For more information please email

2. CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER – River Restoration at Hawley Meadows

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Location: Hawley Meadows car park, on the A331 in Frimley, opposite Watchmoor Park.

Sadly, this batch of heavy rain has meant we have had to cancel this event.

We’ll be working with the Environment Agency to continue our programme of installing woody debris in the River Blackwater to increase the biodiversity. There’ll be cutting faggots onshore with others in waders fixing them in the channel

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring any nuts (including peanuts). One team member has a serious allergy.

More Information HERE

3. Research focus on the Loddon: The Loddon Observatory

Time: 12.00 – 16.00

Location: University of Reading, in the Meadow Suite

This is an opportunity to meet people, learn and share information about ongoing projects in the Loddon catchment around the integrated themes of Water, Environment, Food, Climate, Governance and Heritage with Reading University staff and students and External Partners. Anyone and everyone with an interest is welcome to join as a presenter or participant.

Booking Essential.

Please click HERE for more information and to book.

Saturday 28th September

River Volunteer Work Party

Time: 10.00-16.00

Location: Badshot Lea Rd, Farnham GU9 9LY

To Book: Contact

Be part of a team, building in-river structures to create micro-habitats for the wildlife, and clear overgrown vegetation from the realigned stretch of the River Blackwater.
Wellies are recommended, as well as clothing suitable for working outdoors.

More information HERE.

Sunday 30th September

1. Guided walk at Lavells Wetlands

Time: 08.00 – 10.00

Meet: Lavells Lake

A great opportunity to learn and be enthused by the group behind the creation of the Lavells Wetland Trust and their work. A guided bird spotting morning walk in the wetland that hosts a rich variety of waders and other wetland bird species. Please bring along binoculars if you have them but leave your dogs at home.

Please note: Parking is charged for the Lavells car park. Tickets available from the Activity Centre car park

For more information please email

2. Autumn Watch guided canoe

Time: 10.30-12.30

Location: Dinton Activity Centre

Cost £17.00 (£12.00 child). Take to the water on a guided tour and find out how life on the lake looks in Autumn. Guided by staff eager to share knowledge. Join us for coffee and cake afterwards. Booking essential.

More information HERE