ObstacEELS is a new citizen science initiative, led by ZSL and has been collaboratively developed with four Rivers Trusts and Thames Estuary Partnership as part of our new environmental partnership project, Thames Catchment Community Eels Project.
ObstacEELS is now being trialled. ZSL has trained project officers from Action for the River Kennet, South East Rivers Trust and Thames21. They in turn have trained local volunteers from communities near the Rivers Mole, Pang, Upper Brent, Ravensbourne and Middle and Lower Kennet, who are now out on the riverbanks, working in teams (co-ordinated by those project officers) to identify, log and score passability of obstacles to eel migration.
The trained volunteer Eel Force are using the newly modified River Obstacles App and Technical Guide. The app was created and modified by Natural Apptitude.
Training is a simple two step process.
An inital Zoom introduction is then followed up by a practical in parson training session by the river.
Training is free and ongoing support and guidance is provided.