Work to restore Surrey's rivers is now gathering pace with a multitude of projects planned for 2016 but how do we know how effective our efforts have been? To help us answer this question we have joined forces with Dr Murray Thompson of University College London to train RiverSearch volunteers in a new method for monitoring the effectiveness of river restoration projects.
From the 4th to the 10th July this year we held our 4th annual Invasive Species week and this year the focus was on wetlands. Wetlands are amongst the most species rich habitats in the county but are at particular risk from NNIS displacing native species as they travel down watercourses from different parts of the county.
The floods last Christmas left their mark at many places across the county and on 16 September this year SWT staff and volunteers joined a riverside community on the Wey in Byfleet to hep repair an area of riverbank severley eroded by the winter floods.
As part of the first annual Wey Rivers Week Surrey Wildlife Trust &The Environment Agency along with a group of volunteers collaborated on 2 river restoration projects in Farnham and Elstead. Volunteer David Chalcraft explains more....
For the last couple of years The Friends of Ashtead Rye Meadows, the Lower Mole Countryside project and the corporation of London volunteers have been working with land owner Daphne Burnett to improve the site for biodiversity.
Riversearch volunteers and members of the public carried out the projects first large scale Non Native Invasive Species (NNIS) survey as part of Surrey Wildlife Trusts Survey Week to check the streams and wetland areas of Hankley and Thursley commons.