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We are thrilled to be leading the Thames Catchment Community Eels Project. It is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund

The project is a partnership, led by Thames Rivers Trust in partnership with fellow Rivers Trusts Action for the River Kennet, South East Rivers Trust and Thames21, the project is driven to aid the long-term survival of the European eel.

The rivers in the Thames catchment have an immense natural and cultural heritage. The eel was once common, yet is now critically endangered.

Together the partnership is working closely with the Zoological Society of London and Thames Estuary Partnership and is developing and trialling a nationally recognised and standardised methodology for citizen science eel barrier walkover survey training, that will enable trained volunteers to help assess and map robust data of where there are barriers to eel migration; and this will allow strategic prioritisation for future eel projects.

For eels to fulfil their complex life cycle they need to be able to freely move up and down river systems before returning to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.

Our aim is to raise the profile of this critically endangered fish through education and engagement with local schools and communities.

There are a range of ways to get involved:

  • Train to be part of our citizen science Eel Force to take part in organised barrier walkover surveys.

  • Schools can receive free and exciting eel assemblies and eel workshops.

  • Community groups can book an eel talk or an eel riverbank walk.

  • There will also be eel riverbank walks for communities.

We are delivering this project between December 2020 and March 2022.

Did you know?

Interesting facts about the European eel, how it has become critically endangered and the Thames River Basin....

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Working together in partnership

Thames Rivers Trust
Action For The River Kennet
South East Rivers Trust
Thames 21
Thames Estuary Partnership
ZSL
Green Recovery Fund Project
The Thames Catchment Community Eels Project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with the Environment Agency and Natural England.

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