South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Project Kingfisher is our educational programme, designed to challenge children to learn more about their local river, its history, wildlife and the role we can all play in protecting rivers for the future. 

Covid-19 Update

Project Kingfisher is taking enquiries!

Now that pupils have returned to school, we are taking enquiries from schools in our three south London river catchments – the River Wandle, the Hogsmill River and the Beverley Brook.  We feel that outdoor education can play a critical role in improving the health and well-being of pupils who may be feeling anxious.  The information below outlines our usual educational offer.  While this gives an indication of what our sessions normally include, these sessions will need to change to meet Covid-19 guidelines.  We are adapting our assemblies and outdoor sessions on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested in a Project Kingfisher session, please email us  at 

We are interested in hearing from schools to find innovative ways of continuing our river education programme – whether it is outdoor, in the classroom or over the internet.  Please do get in touch if you are interested in finding out how we can meet your school’s needs. 

Introductory Assembly

This assembly introduces pupils to the local river.  They will be taken on a journey from source to mouth to discover what creatures can be found along the way! 

The assembly lasts half an hour. It is suitable for any primary school age group, and can be delivered to the whole school, targeted year groups or split across key stages.    

 If booking more than one assembly, please book them so that they run consecutively but allow 20 minutes between assemblies to reset resources.

Outdoor River Sessions

Outdoor river sessions take place on the River Wandle, the Beverley Brook and the Hogsmill River.  

Our outdoor sessions cover a range of topics all linked to the National Curriculum.  Each session includes a chance to explore the area and engage in hands on activities about the river.

For outline session plans, click on the relevant key stage below each topic.

River Wildlife

What creatures are hidden in the reeds or lurk beneath the shadows of the water? In this session, children will discover what wildlife lives in and around the river. Topics covered include habitats, classification and adaptation.

Suitable for:  EYFS, KS1, and KS2 (click on Key Stage for more details)

River Health

Children will become river doctors to diagnose the health of the river. Carrying out observations, examinations and tests they will draw their own conclusions about their local river.

Suitable for: KS2  (click for more details)

River History

How has our relationship with the river changed over time? Discover how Victorians used (and abused) the river and how it has made a miraculous recovery!
Suitable for: KS2  (click for more details)

My Local River

Discovering river features and using mapping skills to get to know what makes your local river special.  Available to book now, more details to follow.
Suitable for: KS1 and KS2 (click for more details)



Any questions?  Contact our education team: 

telephone: 07767 027 312


Project Kingfisher would like to thank these funders for their support: