South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Welcome David!

We would like to introduce David Courtneidge as our new Project Officer in the River Restoration Delivery Team.

David started in mid-January and is already getting stuck into several projects on the River Darent at Otford and Eynsford, the River Cray at Bexley and the River Loddon at Charvil Meadows.

We are sure David will be producing more blogs in the future to tell you more about those projects, but for now, here is some background on David’s career and hobbies.

David has recently joined us from London Wildlife Trust, where he had been delivering the ‘Water for Wildlife’ project since 2016. That project involved producing a regional guide to the dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) of London which is due to be published in March/April 2020.

David was leading Odonata surveys with volunteers, undertaking river restoration projects on the River Brent and installing floating ecosystems on the Thamesmead canals. He was also responsible for maintenance on Farm Bog at Wimbledon Common, whilst undertaking joint volunteering workdays with partner organisations across South London.

Prior to that, David was working to maintain several important calcareous grassland sites around West Kent and has volunteered extensively for organisations like the Kent Wildlife Trust, and Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, whilst studying at the University of Greenwich.

David enjoys studying dragonflies over the summer months and has recently turned his hand to basket weaving and other wood crafts during the winter. He grew up in West Kent and fondly remembers dipping for fish and invertebrates at Eynsford as a child.

We are excited to have David as a part of the team and can’t wait to get him into a pair of leaky waders as a part of the traditional SERT induction!