Elver Migration Training – Molesey Lock

Elver Migration Training – Molesey Lock

Activity Description: The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is critically endangered and recruitment of young eels into European rivers has rapidly declined over the last 40 years. We are looking for citizen scientists to monitor the migration of the European eel on the Thames at Molesey Lock. This short training session will teach you everything you need to know about monitoring eels, so there’s no need to have any prior experience. The surveys involve:

  • Checking the eel trap
  • Counting, measuring and releasing any eels present
  • Uploading the data onto the ZSL website

Monitoring runs from April to September, so you can enjoy the summer on the river while collecting vital data to understand eels. Please only book a spot on the training session if you’re able to help out with the monitoring at Molesey Lock. You must attend this session if you want to help monitor eels at Molesey Lock this season.

Meeting point: Molesey Lock, Outside the Molesey Lock Café, East Molesey, KT8 9AW. 5 Minute Walk from Hampton Court Station or less than a 10 minute walk from Hurst Meadows Car park.

What to bring: hand sanitiser, face mask and any water or food you may want. Please also remember to dress for the weather and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes.

Covid precautions: Please do not attend this event if you, or a member of your household, has any symptoms of covid-19. We also ask if everyone who is able could take a quick lateral flow test before coming to the event. This is not a hard and fast requirement for you to attend the event but is highly recommended to help us keep your fellow volunteers safe. If you get a positive test – please do not attend the event and follow Government guidance. Also please can everyone try to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

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.

Please email volunteering@southeastriverstrust.org to:

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

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Thames Catchment Community Eels project is a partnership, led by Thames Rivers Trust with Action for the River Kennet, South East Rivers Trust and Thames21.  We are working together to aid the long-term survival of the European eel.

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.