Invasive species survey- training session

Invasive species survey- training session

We are looking for volunteers to help conduct invasive plant species surveys along the Hogsmill, Beverley Brook and Wandle.

Invasive plant species such as Himalayan balsam and Pennywort have a detrimental impact to our waterways and we need your help to find and log them so we can target action to remove them.

This activity involves bankside surveys of stretches of river to map and record the presence and abundance of six key invasive plants.

The surveys will take place during June-July 2024.

As a volunteer, you can choose which stretch of the river and at what time to conduct the survey, within the survey period.

The survey will be conducted from the riverside path, in areas that are accessible and where the river is easily visible.

The training session will take place at:

Raynes Park Library, 21 Approach Rd, Raynes Park, London SW20 8BA

Google map HERE

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – please rsvp using the button below and complete the form to secure your spot. If the event is already fully booked then please sign yourself up to the waiting list and we’ll be in touch if a space becomes available.

Booking for this event will close at 5pm on Monday 3rd June.

Please email volunteering@southeastriverstrust.org to:

  • Find out more information,
  • Cancel your space if you can no longer make it.

Photos and video footage will be taken at this event and used by the Trust for promotional purposes (including but not limited to printed materials, social media, newsletters and the website) and potentially shared with our external partners and funders. From time to time, external media agencies could also take photos, film or record our events.

The Trust’s lawful basis for processing this is “Legitimate Interests” under the General Data Protection Regulations. As an individual you have rights. If you wish for SERT to stop processing this data for you, please talk to a member of staff or email info@southeastriverstrust.org.

To read our Privacy Policy and see how we use and look after the information you provide when booking your spot at our events please click HERE.

 

Riverfly volunteer training – River Loddon

Are you interested in surveying and protecting the river Loddon and its tributaries?

Do you have an interest in what creepy crawlies live in a river?

 

Join us for a riverfly training session to become a certified riverfly monitor to learn how to survey river invertebrates as an indicator for water quality on your local river.

Please note that this opportunity requires a regular monthly commitment to conduct a riverfly survey at a specific site on the Loddon. The monthly survey dates are a pre-determined date window and can be conducted on a weekday or a weekday.

 

Where? Frank Goddard Room, Old Basing Village Hall, The St, Old Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 7DA

If you sign up for training we will share further details for the day by email.

 

What do I bring? Please bring your own lunch, steel-toe waders or wellies (if you have them) and clothing suitable for spending a few hours outside. All training resources, nets, trays and buckets will be provided.

Booking is essential for this training, please RSVP using the button below and complete the form to secure your spot. If the event is already fully booked, then please sign yourself up to the waiting list and we’ll be in touch if a space becomes available.

Please email lou@southeastriverstrust.org to:

  • Find out more information
  • Cancel your space if you can no longer make it

Booking for this event will close at 5pm on the 17th April.

Photos and video footage will be taken at this event and used by the Trust for promotional purposes (including but not limited to printed materials, social media, newsletters and the website) and potentially shared with our external partners and funders. From time to time, external media agencies could also take photos, film or record our events.

The Trust’s lawful basis for processing this is “Legitimate Interests” under the General Data Protection Regulations. As an individual you have rights. If you wish for SERT to stop processing this data for you, please talk to a member of staff or email info@southeastriverstrust.org.

To read our Privacy Policy and see how we use and look after the information you provide when booking your spot at our events please click HERE.

Eel monitoring at Molesey Lock – Training session

The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) has one of the most fascinating of all animal life cycles. Beginning life as a leaf-shaped  larvae in the Sargasso Sea, they make an incredible migration across the Atlantic Ocean to the rivers and shallow coastal waters of Europe. They enter European rivers as elvers, spending between 12 and 30 years as adult ‘yellow eels’ before undergoing yet another metamorphosis  and starting the long swim back to breed then die in the Sargasso Sea.

Research over the last 30 years has shown all is not well with the European eel, leading to its 2008 Critically Endangered classification in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Recruitment of the European eel across Europe is believed to have declined by up to 95% since the 1980s. Reasons for its decline are thought to be a combination of habitat loss, barriers to migration, presence of a parasite in its swim bladder, over-fishing, and climate change affecting oceanic currents.

Activity Description: In partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), we will be continuing the annual monitoring of the eel trap at Molesey Lock from the end of April until October. The trap will need to be checked at least twice a week and we are looking for volunteers to help. Please only sign up to this training session if you are able to commit to regular checking of the eel trap. The training session will include:

  • An introduction to the European eel and its recent decline in recruitment
  • Background on the monitoring project
  • How the eel traps work and how to collect the data
  • Uploading the data to the ZSL site
  • Health and safety by the river

Only people aged 18 and over can monitor the trap.

Meeting point: Molesey Lock, Hampton Court, River Thames, KT8 9AW. Google map HERE

What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – please rsvp using the button below and complete the form to secure your spot. If the event is already fully booked then please sign yourself up to the waiting list and we’ll be in touch if a space becomes available.

Booking for this event will close at 5pm on 15th April.

Please email volunteering@southeastriverstrust.org to:

  • Find out more information,
  • Cancel your space if you can no longer make it.

Photos and video footage will be taken at this event and used by the Trust for promotional purposes (including but not limited to printed materials, social media, newsletters and the website) and potentially shared with our external partners and funders. From time to time, external media agencies could also take photos, film or record our events.

The Trust’s lawful basis for processing this is “Legitimate Interests” under the General Data Protection Regulations. As an individual you have rights. If you wish for SERT to stop processing this data for you, please talk to a member of staff or email info@southeastriverstrust.org.

To read our Privacy Policy and see how we use and look after the information you provide when booking your spot at our events please click HERE.