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 new citizen science project, ObstacEELS.  You will go out in small organised teams to help us collect up to date information on barriers to eel migration 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 has recruited and trained local volunteers within the Mole catchment to:

  • Monitor elvers as they migrate up the River Mole. Eels are temporarily trapped, they are counted and measured; and then released to continue their journey upstream. This data contrubutes to ZSL’s long-term study on eel recruitment in the Thames catchment. To find out more click here.

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.

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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
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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