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

  • June 19

    ObstacEELS: Eel Barrier Survey Training (Ravensbourne Focus) with Thames21

    10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Join the Thames21 Eel Force to help survey barriers to eel migration across the Ravensbourne catchment. This is a citizen...
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  • June 22

    ObstacEELS: Eel Barrier Survey Training (Brent Focus) with Thames21

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Join the Thames21 Eel Force to help survey barriers to eel migration across the Brent catchment. This is a citizen...
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  • June 22

    ObstacEELS Training with ARK

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    This is the first training workshop for volunteers with our project partner Action for the River Kennet (ARK). ARK are...
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  • June 23

    Guided Eel Riverbank Walk (Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham) with Thames21

    3:00 am – 4:30 am
    Learn more about the River Ravensbourne on a guided riverbank walk! Discover lots about the critically endangered European Eel,  healthy...
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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
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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