South East Rivers Trust are recruiting volunteers to take part in monitoring of European Eels on the River Ember, a side channel of the River Mole.
These endangered fish make an incredible migration across the Atlantic to reach the River Ember. Recruitment of young eels has fallen significantly over the last 40 years so this monitoring is incredibly important to help them survive and thrive. The data collected at this site feeds into a project spanning the Thames, coordinated by ZSL. It provides essential information which helps prioritise and plan work across London and beyond to help these endangered creatures.
Between April and September our team of volunteers will be:
Checking the eel trap regularly
Counting, measuring and releasing any eels found
Uploading records to the ZSL website
This gives us data on the number of young joining the adult population and can highlight the impact of barriers, one of the principle threats to eels in freshwater. No previous experience necessary and all equipment is provided but you must be over 16 to participate.
Online training session
Practical training at the eel trap will follow…
Nearest location is River Ember, near Barn Reservoir. Postcode KT8 0BY