South East Rivers Trust

Tag: River restoration


Ok, they haven’t built any aqueducts, roads or made any wine… However, recent research has demonstrated how important sea trout are in maintaining freshwater resident brown trout populations. This gives greater incentives for freshwater conservationists to improve fish passage so Read more…


It has now been two years since the river restoration work on the Beverley Brook through Richmond Park was completed. This time has allowed the two restored stretches with a cumulative length of 600 metres to adjust and naturalise in Read more…


In August we were very lucky to receive funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation to install a Downstream Defender (silt trap) at Richmond Park, which will stop pollutants (such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons) reaching the Beverley Brook and improve local Read more…


No 12 on the Hogsmill obstruction hit list was the River Club weir. With very shallow flows plunging over its crest, and a drop of 0.7 m between the upstream and downstream water levels, this weir on the Hogsmill near Tolworth Read more…


The Hogsmill gauging station is an Environment Agency flow monitoring structure, essential for water resources planning and regulation.  It is the furthermost downstream weir in the catchment and poses a significant barrier to fish passage, preventing the recolonisation of fish Read more…


Get your diaries out and calendars open, the dates for London Rivers Week 2017 have been confirmed! London Rivers Week 2016 brought together many partners across London, delivering a total of 35 public events to get everyone involved with their local river. Read more…


By Chris Gardner In 2015 the South East Rivers Trust was awarded a £31k grant through the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Catchment Partnership Action Fund (CPAF) to deliver fish passage and habitat improvements on the River Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer Read Part 1 and Part 2 first! And so 3 weirs fell! Gatehouse, Weir 1 New Lodge, Weir 2 and Dairyhouse, Weir 3 Watch the video of their removal here: A total of approximately 250 Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer Read Three Weirs part 1 here. After many months of planning the project we were finally able to start the fun part and get on the riverbank! The first job was to take delivery of Read more…


Author: Nick Hale, Project Officer An Environment Agency assessment of the Teise and Lesser Teise, two tributaries of the Medway in Kent, indicated there is a problem with wild fish stocks in the river.  Generally there is an absence and/or Read more…


During the summer a collaborative project between Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Surrey Wildlife Trust Kingston Group and the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) was undertaken to improve elver and eel passage on one of the lower weirs of the Read more…


In August 2016 we were contracted by Kent Wildlife Trust to install a backwater on the River Eden near Penshurst in Kent. The river Eden is in the upper reaches of the Medway catchment and joins with the Upper Medway Read more…


Shortly I will post another blog updating you on how the river improvement works in Richmond Park are settling in one year after they were completed. Although the river habitat works have been completed (for now!) work has by no Read more…


You may remember that earlier this year we were lucky enough to spend a week in the Hogsmill with the Lower Mole Partnership. It was a chilly week in March but all our volunteers were enthusiastic and we managed to Read more…


The Beverley Brook in Richmond Park has had a serious makeover recently. Through the Park, the river was severely overwide and slow moving, leaving a silty channel bed with little habitat variation for invertebrates and fish. Earlier this year, we Read more…


Our rehabilitation work on the River Wandle’s Carshalton Arm has won the Urban Category of the 2016 UK River Prize. By opening up fish passage, enhancing river habitat, addressing urban diffuse pollution and reintroducing brown trout, we have attained ‘Good Ecological Read more…


A lot of our projects recently have been large scale – removing weirs, installing fish easement solutions and reprofiling large sections of river. But now it was time for the real professionals to step in… For one week in March, Read more…


Our Project Officer Rosie has been out on the River Teise undertaking her first weir removal. Why was this weir an issue? Harpers Weir formed an impassable barrier to fish passage on the Teise, a tributary of the River Medway Read more…


  We are delighted to announce that our work on the River Wandle in south London has won the ‘Urban Project’ category of the 2016 UK River Prize. The project is one of four category winners which will now go Read more…


Thursday 17th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th March 10am – 4pm Hogsmill Open Nature Reserve This March, the South East Rivers Trust are delivering some restoration works on the Hogsmill through the Hogsmill Open Nature Reserve, and we are looking for volunteers Read more…