The Thames Catchment Community Eels Project has a variety of ways for the public to get involved.

Volunteer and train to be part of a citizen science Eel Force, on the following rivers:

  • Middle & Lower Kennet

  • Mole

  • Pang

  • Ravensbourne

  • Upper Brent

Volunteer to monitor eels on the River Mole

Every year elvers (young eels) arrive from the Sargasso Sea and swim up the Thames, however that journey is hindered by the many man-made barriers on the river, such as weirs. This project is looking for volunteers for two roles:

  • To undertake free ObstacEELS training and carry out walkover surveying for barriers along specific stretches on the rivers Ravensbourne, Upper Brent, Middle and Lower Kennet, Mole and Pang

  • To monitor elvers as they migrate up the River Mole

How Can I Get Involved?

No previous experience is necessary and all training and equipment is provided. If you would like to volunteer please get in touch and we can direct you to one of our project partners closest to you.

What’s On

  • August 10

    Eel and Nature Walk in Newbury with ARK

    All Day
    Join Action for the River Kennet (ARK) for a leisurely stroll along the riverbank. Suitable for families. Get closer to...
  • August 12

    Gatwick Greenspace Guided Eel & Wildlife Walk with SERT

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Meeting Point: Entrance to Gatwick Greenspace on Povey Cross Road, Horley, RH6 0AQ Join South East Rivers Trust and Gatwick...
  • August 18

    Eel and Wildlife Walk on the River Mole with SERT

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Join South East Rivers Trust (SERT) and Surrey Wildlife Trust on the banks of the River Mole as it flows...
  • August 28

    Eel and Nature Riverbank Walk in Reading with ARK

    All Day
    Join Action for the River Kennet (ARK) for a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks in Reading. Suitable for families. Get...
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If you would like further information on Thames Catchment Community Eels Project, please contact us

Working together in partnership

Thames Rivers Trust
Action For The River Kennet
South East Rivers Trust
Thames 21
Thames Estuary Partnership
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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