South East Rivers Trust

Tag: Volunteering


    Himalayan balsam is an invasive non-native plant that is found along many rivers and waterways in the UK. It was introduced in the 19th century before spreading rapidly into the wild and is now the dominant species along Read more…


The last week of June was London Rivers Week; a celebration of the capital’s 600 km of wonderful waterways.   This year’s focus was “Valuing Water” – highlighting the essential benefits that rivers provide us with, the pressures they face Read more…


On the 23rd of April the Thames Waterblitz is taking place. This is a great way of capturing a snapshot in time of water quality in the Thames and all its tributaries from source to sea. Run by Earthwatch, this will be the sixth Waterblitz Read more…


Another Year, Another Great Hogsmill Forum Last week, volunteers across a range of projects on the Hogsmill joined us and ZSL at London Zoo for the 2018 Hogsmill Forum. The Forum is an opportunity for us and ZSL to say 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…


Last Sunday, Nick and I rode 54 miles in the name of rivers, completing the London to Brighton cycle ride. This blog is our way of saying thank you to all of those who supported and sponsored us along the Read more…


What is World Rivers Day? World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways and it takes place on the last Sunday in September each year.  We rely on rivers for more than you may realise. Rivers around the Read more…


Our lucky Pollution Patrol volunteers were treated to a FIN-tastic day with our local Environment Agency team, learning all about fish. It may come as a surprise to some people, but the Hogsmill, Wandle and Beverley Brook all contain a Read more…


The latest edition of the Hogsmill Newsletter is now available to download. It summarises the results of River Monitoring Initiative (RMI) sampling together with other pollution monitoring and activities and events along the river. Hogsmill Newsletter May 2017 If you Read more…


Do you live in Wandsworth? Or perhaps the Sutton area? Do you buy your food and other shopping from your local Tesco store? If so, you could help us to raise up to £8,000 in funding for future Wandle cleanups! Read more…


There is a new newsletter for anyone interested in or involved with the health of the Hogsmill. It summarises the results of River Monitoring Initiative (RMI) sampling together with other pollution monitoring and activities and events along the river. Hogsmill Read more…


The Hogsmill river doesn’t know how lucky it is! Last week, 30 volunteers joined SERT and ZSL at London Zoo for the 2017 Hogsmill Forum. Credit: Sivi Sivanesan The Forum is an opportunity for us and ZSL to say thank you 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…


We’ve been busy on the River Wandle in south London, with new projects starting and plenty of volunteer events. Have a look below to read about our recent Wandle work. 1. River Wandle Cleanups On the second Sunday of every month we 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…


London Wildlife Trust have asked us to help spread the word about their new Water for Wildlife Project. Water for Wildlife is a new four year project focusing on freshwater habitats and their species across London. Surveys will focus on Read more…


We have teamed up with Thames 21 on a new project to tackle urban pollution across London’s rivers. Many improvements in the quality of urban rivers have been made in recent years, but lots of serious water quality issues remain. One 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…