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.