Rivers Week

Rivers Week

21st-27th September 2020

© Luke Massey

Take the plunge!

In celebration of World Rivers Day we are holding a series of events to highlight our county's beautiful river habitats every September.

Teeming with invertebrates, rich in plants and a haven for mammals, wetlands are a vital part of our natural world. As well as providing a valuable habitat for wildlife, wetland are also vital forms of flood defence and water purification. World Rivers Day highlights the many values of our rivers and promotes the improved stewardship of waterways around the world.

Surrey is home to the Wey, Mole and Thames river catchments. These arteries form natural highways through our developed environment and connect our wild landscapes. Species such as otters are gradually returning to these habitats.


© David Parkyn/ Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Rivers Week 2020 Events

Enjoy a selection of river themed events and activities


Monday 21st September 9am
A Virtual tour of Thundry Meadows
Join Surrey Wildlife Trust's Jamel Guenioui on a virtual guided tour of the beautiful Thundry Meadows in Elstead

Available on our Facebook and Twitter pages

Tuesday 22 September 6:45 – 9:30
Riverside bat walk
Join SWT Ecology Services Manager Gabbie Graham on a fascinating bat walk on Esher Common.

Book now

Wednesday 23rd September 7pm
Otters - Coming to a River Near You: Zoom Webinar
A talk covering (amongst other things) their design features, their behaviour, signs to look out for and their population crash plus subsequent recovery.

Book now

Thursday 24th September 7pm
Return of the Beaver: Zoom Webinar
Learn about the exciting beaver reintroduction project in Devon

Book now

Friday 25th September
Introduction to invasive river species; Film

A short film about the different invasive species that the Trust is tackling on our county's waterways.

Available on our Facebook and Twitter pages

Saturday 26th September 9am
Riverfly ID: Film
Discover the vital insects that live in our rivers and how we survey for them in this short film.

Available on our Facebook and Twitter pages

About wetlands

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Photo by Mark Hamblin

About rivers

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© Alan Crossland

River wildlife spotter sheets

Download a selection of spotter sheets to take on a river or wetland walk

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Wetland reserves

Visit a wetland reserve

Wetland and river walks in Surrey

A list of curated walks taking in rivers and lakes in Surrey from the AllTrails website.

Record river wildlife

use our free web app to record the good, the bad and the ugly that you spot along our rivers.

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© Amy Lewis

Amazing wetland wildlife