The Big Count is our flagship campaign to get people out onto the Thames collecting data on the health of the river. In March and September every year, our volunteers and staff undertake surveys to record and clean up the litter at key sites along the River Thames.
By charting the state of the river at the same location and on similar stages of the tide biannually, we are building a picture of the river’s health over time because sadly, we still don’t know the answers to basic questions like “where is the litter coming from?” and “is the problem getting better or worse?”
It’s important to identify the type of litter causing widespread concern and damage to the health of our rivers and ultimately our oceans. One key focus is looking at plastic pollution, for example, which is a global problem today that affects all rivers and oceans around the world.
The data collected by people like you, on events like the Big Count can inform future campaigns and new policies to improve the health of the river.
The Big Count 2016
This year’s event will be held in two locations along the Thames and volunteers are invited to join both Big Counts so we can collate as much information as possible. Don’t worry – no training is necessary – just turn up and we’ll show you what to do!
Hammersmith Litter Count and Clean Up: 2pm-4.30pm, 10 September, meet at Crabtree Wharf (near the Crabtree Pub), Rainville Road, Fulham, W6 9HAIsle of Dogs Litter Count and Clean Up: 9am-11.30am, 18 S, meet at Saunders Ness Road by the Great Eastern pub, Isle of Dogs, E14 3BW