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Eight steps towards being plastic free

Eight steps towards being plastic free

Designer Sarah Fuller was so shocked by statistics produced by Plastic Free July in 2016 about plastic polluting our oceans and waterways, she decided to document her attempts at a lifestyle change towards ditching plastic. Being mindful of the waste she creates … Read more…

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Outfall safaris are tackling river pollution – and you can help as a citizen scientist!

Outfall safaris are tackling river pollution – and you can help as a citizen scientist!

Joe Pecorelli, the Zoological Society of London’s Europe Conservation Project Manager, tells us about work running across the capital to prioritise and map sources of pollution in our rivers, in which Thames21 has collaborated – and gives citizen scientist volunteers the … Read more…

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Wet wipes – the ongoing plastic battle

Wet wipes – the ongoing plastic battle

Our Thames River Watch project has started measuring the impact of wet wipes on the Thames for the first time – and found the highest concentration of wet wipes ever recorded. In this blog, Marine Conservation Society’s Emma Cunningham discusses the … Read more…

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On Philpot’s Farm you’ll find some riverfly monitoring

On Philpot’s Farm you’ll find some riverfly monitoring

Thames21’s Rivers Pinn and Fray project officer Paul Busby takes us through the first Habitat Management event at Philpot’s Farm Meadow, Yiewsley, Middlesex. A band of intrepid residents turned up for a clean up event, organised by Thames21 at Philpots … Read more…

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Volunteer urges Thurrock Council to “take lead” in keeping litter out of Thames

Volunteer urges Thurrock Council to “take lead” in keeping litter out of Thames

A volunteer has written to Thurrock Council to urge them to “take a lead” in the fight to keep litter out of the river and to put part of their parks and countryside budget into “pro-actively managing the riverside”. Clive … Read more…

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2,500 bottles stranded on the shore

2,500 bottles stranded on the shore

By AJ McConville, Thames River Watch Programme Coordinator 2,500 plastic drinking bottles. That’s the number of single-use plastic drinks bottles collected from the Thames foreshore in one day across 11 London sites. On September the 10th  2016, we co-ordinated our … Read more…

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How Thames21 has helped me share my passion

How Thames21 has helped me share my passion

My name is Sam Tonge and I am the Project Leader for Royal Holloway University’s ‘Thames Improvement Team’, a volunteer group that runs in partnership with Thames21. I have been volunteering with Thames21 for more than a year now, testing water quality … Read more…

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Academics find plastic in two breeds of River Thames fish

Academics find plastic in two breeds of River Thames fish

A recent academic study has found that two species of fish in the River Thames have significant levels of microplastic in their systems. The study found that up to 75 per cent of sampled European flounder  had plastic fibres in their … Read more…

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BBC Countryfile puts Thames21’s finds to the fore

BBC Countryfile puts Thames21’s finds to the fore

Viewers of BBC Countryfile on Sunday night were treated to tales of fascinating finds from Thames21’s Chris Coode. One of the show’s presenters, Matt Baker, caught up with Chris at a foreshore clean up and spoke to him for a themed edition all about … Read more…

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Thames21 celebrates successes and launches Five Year Plan at Ripple Effects reception

Thames21 celebrates successes and launches Five Year Plan at Ripple Effects reception

Thames21 launched its first ever public Five Year Plan at the Ripple Effects annual general meeting and reception, on the Dixie Queen moored near Tower Bridge, London. The evening gave us the opportunity to celebrate the past year’s work with … Read more…

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