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Thames Rivers Trust

The Thames Rivers Trust is a registered environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Thames and its tributaries for the benefit of people, wildlife and the environment. We are The Rivers Trust Hub for the Thames catchment; and work with a wide range of partners including government agencies, private companies, NGO’s and local community groups with the aim of delivering an integrated approach to the management of the Thames and the surrounding land.
Click to view our new Thames Rivers Trust brochure showcasing the diverse projects that our funding enabled.

Our origins

Originally The Thames Salmon Trust (TST) we were formed in 1986 to raise money for the construction of fish passes on the main River Thames and the River Kennet, as part of the programme to re-introduce Atlantic salmon to the river. TST was highly successful raising many millions from partners, including the National Lottery and by the year 2000 an amazing 20 fish passes had been installed on the Thames and 17 on the Kennet aiding fish passage.

In 2004 the future of TST was reviewed; the chain of fish passes had been completed and some significant funds remained. It was agreed with the remaining Trustees to widen the objectives of the Trust for broader conservation purposes and the benefit of all wildlife on the Thames (as well as the public benefit). With the consent of the Charity Commissioners the Thames Salmon Trust became the Thames Rivers Restoration Trust in 2004, shortened to the Thames Rivers Trust (TRT) in 2012. Click here to find out about past projects.

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Latest News

Volunteer to help monitor elvers

South East Rivers Trust are looking for volunteers to take part in monitoring eel numbers as part of our Thames Catchment Community Eels Project.


Thames Rivers Trust receives grant of £250,000.00 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Our Thames Catchment Community Eels Project is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Thames Catchment Community Eels project is a partnership, led by Thames Rivers Trust in partnership with Action for the River Kennet, South East Rivers Trust and Thames21.  We are building a collaborative partnership to aid the long-term survival of the European eel, working closely with the Zoological Society of London and Thames Estuary Partnership.  Through training and citizen science monitoring and development of a new surveying methodology we will be collecting and analysing robust data, to be used for strategic decisions for future eel projects.  Together with education and engagement with communities we are raising the profile of this Critically Endangered fish.

To find out more about this exciting project click the logo

To read our full Press Release Click here


A call for MPs to vote to end sewage pollution

We are asking our politicians to stand up for rivers and bring an end to sewage pollution – and we want you to join us.
The #EndSewagePollution Coalition is comprised of a number of environmental NGOs from across the water sector and is pushing for a change to the practice of discharging raw sewage directly into waterways. You can encourage your MP to support the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill, a Private Members Bill put forward by Philip Dunne, Conservative MP for Ludlow and Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, which will be read in parliament on January 15th 2021. To highlight the scale of sewage pollution in your area and to find your local MP use the online tool to asks MPs to support the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill in Parliament click here.

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London Rivers Week 24th Oct – 1st Nov

There is lots going on during London Rivers Week, to find out more about events click here.


New EA Water Quality Data shows no improvements

The latest Water Framework Directive Classification Status data, published by the Environment Agency, shows the state of the country’s rivers throughout 2019 based on ecological and chemical factors. Sadly, the percentage of rivers achieving good ecological status remains unchanged, at 14%. Chemical pollutants assessed for means that 0% of rivers met good chemical status.

Thames Rivers Trust Chairman, Dave Wardle said, ‘We are extremely disappointed that there is no improvement. The data demonstrates a clear need for proper government funding, strategic planning and even stronger partnership working.

It is clear that the EA is carrying out less monitoring. For monitoring to be useful it has to be effective and co-ordinated. Citizen Science has a role to play here and Rivers Trusts are ideally placed to collect certain continuous and robust data, but adequate funding is essential.’

Read our full statement Thames Rivers Trust – statement

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