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London Rivers Week – Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1

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London Rivers Week

Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help? 

Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.

You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.

You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.

The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.

Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.

And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.

Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.

Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.

London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our fantastic range of activities and book your place at one today!

If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.

London Rivers Week is sponsored  by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.





Free Training With Thames21

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Find out how you can help your local river! © Thames21

If you love your waterways, want to learn more about them and help make them better, we can help!

Thames21 offers a range of FREE training sessions to anyone who is keen to get involved with activities in and around their local waterways. Check out these opportunities.

Leading a Waterway Clean UP

Imagine leading your own group of volunteers in a cleanup event to improve your stretch of river, canal or pond… You can! Our 2-day ‘LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP course will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own cleanup events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead events all across London.     

(You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)

Day 1 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Sunday 23 August – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 4 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 7 November  – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Day 2 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Saturday 5 September – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 10 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 15 November – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Click here to register

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Free Training with Thames21 Photo © Thames21

Thames River Watch

The Thames River Watch project aims to provide crucial information on the health of the tidal Thames by enabling citizens to undertake monitoring and data collection – from Teddington lock right out to Sheppey Island in Kent and Southend-on-Sea in Essex. We are looking for individual volunteers as well as people from community groups, schools and riverside businesses along the tidal Thames to join our citizen science volunteer team. As a Thames River Watch volunteer you will spend just a couple of hours each month to help us build a better picture of the health of the tidal Thames.

Interested in joining our team of citizen science volunteers? The first step is to come along to a free training session which will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to become a Thames River Watch citizen science volunteer.

THAMES RIVER WATCH Training Sessions for July-November 2015:
(All sessions are from 10am to 3pm)

West London
19th July – Water Quality Testing – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
25th July – Litter Monitoring – Dorset Wharf, Fulham

4th August – Invasive Non-Native Species – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
14th November – Water Quality Testing – Dorest Wharf, Fulham

Central London

6th August – Water Quality Testing – Walbrook Wharf, City of London
22nd September – Litter Monitoring – Walbrook Wharf, City of London

East London
24th August – Litter Monitoring – 2nd Floor Studio & Arts, Woolwich
2nd September – Litter Monitoring – RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet
10th October – Water Quality Testing – at Creekside Environment Centre, Deptford
17th October – Water Quality Testing – at Erith Yacht Club, Erith

Click here to register

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Volunteer in Lewisham’s Rivers

Volunteering in Ladywell Fields

Volunteering in Ladywell Fields

London Borough of Lewisham runs a number of river related volunteering opportunities.  We are keen to get people involved in their local rivers and help us maintain them through bankside management and litter picks.  We tend to work in 4 parks; Brookmill Park, Chinbrook Meadows, Cornmill Gardens and Ladywell Fields.  Our new programme of events  has just been published.  So if you would like to get involved, please visit our River Volunteering tab where you will find all the information that you need.

You will find more information about how to get involved in Lewisham’s rivers over at our Rivers and People blog where you will find all the information on walks, talks and educational opportunities.

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The Story of the Ladywell Naiad and other tales

Join London Bubble for some river tales

Join London Bubble for some river tales

As part of this years 3RiversCleanUp London Bubble will be telling stories in the river.  Hear about the Ladywell Naiad and other tales based on the species and creatures of Lewisham.  Why not take part by taking a ‘species selfie’ using the #riversandpeople and #whatlivesinlewisham and post them on Twitter or Instgram.

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RaP Walk Sunday 24th August

RaP walk 24th August

The next Rivers and People walk will take place on Sunday 24 August at 2.00 pm. The walk goes from Catford Bridge station to Ladywell Station via Ladywell Fields and will look at the naturalised sections of the Ravensbourne river and other aspects of this green space, once part of the Kent countryside.
We will meet just outside the station on Adenmore Road. This can be accessed either by the Platform 1 exit or down the steps from Catford Road.
The walk should last approx 1.5 hours and is almost entirely on level ground.
If you can, please go to and print out Walk Guides 3 and 4 which relate to this walk. You may also want to look at the maps of the river network which can be found there at the Catchment Maps tab.
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A photo from our last walk along the River Pool- Tom Moulton