Volunteers Wade in to Celebrate Rivers Week!

Monday 25th September 2017

Volunteers pulled on their waders and got stuck into some river restoration on the Pippbrook near Dorking as part of ‘Rivers Week’ celebrations across the county.


Water vole footage courtesy of Mike Jenner

The wetland work party was one of a series of activities, walks, talks and family events hosted by Surrey Wildlife Trust and sponsored by Thames Water last week to highlight the importance of Surrey’s wonderful waterways.

“Rivers are so important for people and wildlife – they obviously provide us with drinking water and help fill up our reservoirs,” said Glen Skelton, the Trust’s Wetlands Officer.

“And for wildlife, they are like the arteries - the corridors across Surrey – that allow many different species to move across the landscape. So it’s incredibly important that we all take an active interest in the health of our local rivers.”

Volunteers helped chop back overgrown trees to let light into the stream and cleared weeds that were choking the waterway. The team also built woody deflectors to help improve the flow of the river and improve habitats for invertebrates and fish.

Rivers are home to a host of much-loved species such as otters, water voles and kingfishers - some of which are either under threat or locally extinct in the county. Problems such as habitat loss, pollution and flooding are threatening our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them.

“Rivers and streams are at the heart of every community and it’s great to see people coming together in Rivers Week to learn about, celebrate and help protect the wonderful waterways we have in our county,” added Glen.

“We want to encourage people to pull on some wellies and get involved in the conservation of this precious wildlife habitat – whether it’s a one-off or on a more regular basis. It’s great fun and if we all work together we really can make a difference to the future health of our rivers.”

Find out more about volunteering for wildlife near where you live or get involved as a ‘RiverSearch’ volunteer here.

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