Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and effort to make 2019 a real cracker!
We couldn’t achieve any of this without the help and support of our volunteers. So thank you to them so much for continuing to give your time to help your local river. This blog is all about our volunteer highlights of 2019!
The 2019 cleanup haul!
This year we’ve run cleanups on the Hogsmill, Beverley Brook and Wandle. A whopping 1685 volunteers joined us and spent a total of 5029 hours pulling litter and fly-tipping from our wonderful rivers.
Fantastic work team! Check out these stats:
Riverfly – new recruits and high scores!
We’ve trained 32 new Riverfly volunteers to help out at our existing sites on the Hogsmill as well as 4 new sites on the Beverley Brook and re-starting 3 more on the Wandle.
The data they’ve been collecting during their regular surveys has helped us fill in some gaps in our knowledge about pollution on each river.
Although almost 10% of our surveys breached the pollution trigger we also had some great scores and even had our first True Mayfly in 5 years of surveying on the Hogsmill.
Take a look at our highest scores for each river:
Outfall Safari firsts!
We conducted our first ever outfall safaris on the Wandle and Beverley Brook back in February this year.
Thanks to the volunteers we reported 73 polluting outfalls to Thames Water and the Environment Agency for rectification!
For the full results check out our blog HERE.
Our River Rangers and Hit Squad volunteers have been mapping and tackling the invasive plant species which are detrimental to our river ecosystems.
For this years River Rangers survey results click HERE and you can compare them to findings in previous years.
River Restoration in action!
We completed a river restoration project on the Hogsmill to kick-start natural river processes along the river in Ewell. We achieved a huge amount in just 3 days and we can’t wait to watch and see how the river changes over time.
Read about the whole project HERE and if you’d like to join us for our 2020 River Restorers projects, find out more on our events page.
Once again I want to thank you all for your commitment and for helping us achieve all this and much more throughout 2019!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jess, Polly and Emma!