Tuesday, 16 June 2015

3 Rivers Clean Up embraces citizen science in 2015

The 3 Rivers Clean Up is a three-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to remove rubbish and invasive plant species along the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy in South East London. This year, the seventh of the 3RCU, organisers Thames21will also be testing the quality of the water all over the river catchment from Eltham to Croydon and from Keston to Deptford. Under the guidance of the Environment Agency, and part of the Rivers and Wetlands Community Days Project, participants will be able to test water quality during our events and learn what exactly is in our river water.

The main event is rubbish clearance and invasive plant removal of course, and for that we definitely need lots of help. Bring your family, your friends or just yourself on an urban wilderness adventure this summer and discover the rivers and the nature they support.  Join others so as to improve the habitats for both flowers and animals. Learn about nature, about the quality of water and why it's important and also join in with other associated events such as wildlife habitat management, pond dipping and nature walks, most of which will be suitable for all ages. All events are FREE.

Eva, Chris & Yvona in Ladywell Fields - May 2015
The first events are on Saturday 20th June at Sutcliffe Park 11am to 1pm and Chinbrook Meadows on Sunday 21st of June 11am to 1pm, both along the Quaggy river. We will be conducting a breeding bird survey before all events this year to ensure that we don't disrupt the little ones! Use the contact details at the bottom of the page if you have any questions about any of the activities and please join in, it's great fun and FULL of nature.

Find an event that suits you!
The 3 Rivers Clean Up partnership program has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam within the Ravensbourne River catchment. Last year 24 events were delivered by all partners over the three weeks with 300 volunteers tackling litter and invasive species, this amounted to 1250 hours of good effort and enthusiasm. The Ravensbourne has become one of the cleanest river catchments in London with a wide range of plants and animals.

In 2015 why not become part of this amazing show of community strength? Thames21 and the event partners will lead a series of volunteer events from June 20 to July 11 in collaboration with the London Borough of Lewisham, Quaggy Waterways Action Group, Environment Agency, TCV Croydon & Surrey, London Invasive Species Initiative and the Wild Trout Trust.

Contact Lawrence (Thames21) on 07584 172 209 or Jess (LB of Lewisham) on 0208 314 2119
Follow @3RCU and FB '3 Rivers Clean Up 2015'
email: 3riverscleanup@gmail.com

You can also train with Thames21 to Lead a Waterway Clean Up here