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!

 

Grattons Park Guided Walk – Crawley

Date: 23/09/2021

Time: 10am-12pm

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

Activity: Join SERTon the banks of the Gatwick Stream as it flows though 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. You’ll also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the rivers smallest inhabitants by collecting an invertebrate 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, 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.

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We are celebrating the River Loddon with a wide range of events. Check out our dedicated post on Loddon Rivers Week to see all of our events and events from local partners too. 

Saturday 18th September

Restoration Event at Charvil Meadows

Location: Charvil Meadows Backwater

Time: 10.00-14.00

In September 2020, the South East Rivers Trust and partners created a backwater refuge for fish needing shelter along the river Loddon. At this restoration event, we’ll be planting native vegetation on the banks of the backwater to kickstart growth as well as adding gravel to improve the habitat nearby. Find out more about the backwater creation project HERE.  

BOOKING REQUIRED.

Wednesday 22nd September

River Restoration on the Whitewater

Location: Bassetts Mead Nature Reserve.

Time: 10.00-15.00

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. 

BOOKING REQUIRED.

Saturday 25th September

 

Emm Brook Guided Walk (AM and PM)

Location: Riverside Park, Woosehill, Wokingham.

Time: 11.00- 13.00 & 14.00-16.00 

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? For more information or to book your place, please visit www.southeastriverstrust.org/events and complete the booking form for this event. This project is funded by European Structural and Investment Funds and by the Environment Agency.

BOOKING REQUIRED.

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Hogsmill Guided Walk

Date: 26/09/2021

Times: 10am-12pm, 11am-1pm, 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Meeting point: Car Park at Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell, Epsom KT17 1UF

Activity: Join us for a circular walk along the Hogsmill, one of only 200 chalk streams in the world. We will take a look at the source of the river as well as some of the problems it is facing, and the work that is being done to improve the habitat and water quality.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Book your spot at the 10am walk HERE.

Book your spot at the 11am walk HERE.

Book your spot at the 12.30pm walk HERE.

 

 

River Cleanup along the Green Lanes Stream

Date: 01/10/2021

Time: 1pm-4pm.

Meeting point: Entrance to the Hogsmill Nature Reserve, Green Lanes, Ewell, KT19 9SZ

Activity: We will be tackling litter and plastic pollution along the Green Lanes Stream, a tributary of the Hogsmill. A small team will work in the channel in waders with others assisting from the bank and litter picking the surrounding area.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Book your spot at the event HERE.

This event is funded by the Coca Cola European Partners Community Fund.

 


 

Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Community Clean Up Freedom Leisure Centre Maidstone

Date: 08/10/2021

Time: 10am-1pm

Meeting point: at the PPP gazebo on the green opposite the Freedom Leisure Centre, Mill Meadow, St Peter’s St, Maidstone ME16 0SX      MAP HERE

Activity description: Join SERT and the Friends of Whatman Park in our next Preventing Plastic Pollution Community Clean Up. We will pick up litter from the parking lot by the leisure centre and Whatman Park. We will then categorise it to better understand the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and how to address it.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Please fill in the booking form to reserve your spot.

This project is funded by the European Union through the Interreg Programme and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 


 

Hogsmill Guided Walk

Date: 10/10/2021

Times: 10am-12pm, 11am-1pm, 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Meeting point: Car Park at Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell, Epsom KT17 1UF

Activity: Join us for a circular walk along the Hogsmill, one of only 200 chalk streams in the world. We will take a look at the source of the river as well as some of the problems it is facing, and the work that is being done to improve the habitat and water quality.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Book your spot at the 10am walk HERE.

Book your spot at the 11am walk HERE.

Book your spot at the 12.30pm walk HERE.

 
 

 

Norbury Park Guided Walk

Date: 15/10/2021

Time: 11am-1pm

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.

Please check back regularly as more events will be added in timeSign 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