London Rivers Week Events 2019

London Rivers Week

London Rivers Week runs from Saturday May 25 – Sunday June 2 2019

Launch opening event: Saturday May 25

There are more than 600km of waterway running through the capital, the same distance between Brighton and Edinburgh. In the past our rivers were often hidden behind buildings, artificially straightened or even buried underground. But now many lost rivers are coming back to life by being restored back to as natural a state as possible.

London Rivers Week events help you find these rewilded rivers and discover what they can do for you, our city and its wildlife.

Keep scrolling down to find all the events – we have 45 going on this year, all over London, mostly free. Walk secret rivers, watch inspiring documentary ARTIFISHAL; get up close to fish and other species; help migrating fish; discover 18 miles of rewilded waterway. 

LONDON RIVERS WEEK LAUNCH – Celebrate London’s Rivers!


 

May 2019

LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Beverley Brook in Richmond: Guided Walk of the restored river

May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SW15 5JR, Roehampton Gate car park, Richmond Park, Priory Ln, SW15 5JR + Google Map
Free

Join us on the banks of the Beverley Brook through Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to hear about the work carried out to restore and renaturalise the Beverley Brook river over the past three years. Booking essential. Please book your place via our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restoring-the-beverley-brook-guided-walk-tickets-59059225734 Roehampton Gate car park, Richmond Park, Priory Ln, SW15 5JR       London Rivers Week runs from Saturday May 25 – Sunday June 2 2019 Launch opening event – Saturday May 25 There are…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Artifishal Film Screening

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
E1 6JE, Brokedown Palace, 178 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE + Google Map
Free

ARTIFISHAL is  a documentary about the devastating cost of hatcheries, fish farms and human arrogance. Film makers and campaigners say 'As passionate anglers and concerned residents of our home planet, we view hatcheries and fish farms as part of a disturbing trend: The willful ignorance of scientific fact for political expediency.' During the evening we will be joined by Guy Edwards from Salmon & Trout Conservation and Alistair Maltby from the Rivers Trust for a Q&A session after the film.…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: River Wandle Balsam Bash, Wandle Park

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Himalayan balsam has taken over Wandle Park in Colliers Wood. Help us tackle this troublesome plant and help native plants thrive once more.  The South East Rivers Trust gazebo will be located by the backwater in the park, you'll see it as you in the Baltic Close entrance. Booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandle-balsam-bash-tickets-59059973972   London Rivers Week runs from Saturday May 25 – Sunday June 2 2019 Launch opening event – Saturday May 25 There are more than 600km of waterway running through…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Guided Walk – Davy Down to RSPB Rainham Marshes

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Davy Down, Davy Down
North Stifford, RM16 5UL United Kingdom
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Free

This walk is part of the Land of the Fanns ‘Community Mapping – 100 Stories project’ led by Kinetika, which, with local communities, will identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika's batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020.  The walk route has been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, memories and responses and during the…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Living Water Cities London

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Ragged School, 46-50 Copperfield Street
London, E3 4RR United Kingdom
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Free

A think tank-style event open to any stakeholders in the rewilding community, as well as any volunteers who have worked on London's waterways. Join us for a discussion focused on working together to realise the incredible biodiversity and natural wellbeing potential of London's extensive waterways.  The event will include: Talks from Environmental Experts and Community Leaders Discussing a Group Funding Bid Sharing & linking Situated Solutions Co-designing Waterside Educational Activities Planting & launching a Floating Island ecosystem Please RSVP to…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Volunteering @ Woodcock Park, Brent

May 31 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Woodcock Park, Wealdstone Brook London, Brent HA3 0YB United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Join Thames21 to help improve your local water course and surrounding environment as part of London Rivers Week, undertaking practical river improvement solutions for the Wealdstone Brook. The practical solutions will involve litter picking the surrounding environment and accessible in-channel areas. As a highlight, a chance to carry out water quality testing will be conducted at the end of the event. Calling photographers, artists, beginners, experienced, and all those with interest, we would like the event and surrounding environment captured…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Dragonfly Walk along Grand Union Canal

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hayes and Harlington Station, Hayes and Harlington Station
Hayes, UB3 4BX United Kingdom
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Free

Join London Wildlife Trust on a guided Dragonfly Walk along the Grand Union Canal, from Hayes to Hanwell Lock. You will learn all about dragonfly ecology, whilst observing these amazing animals and recording them for a London-wide survey!  Meeting point: Hayes and Harlington Station, at 11:00 am. Drop Off Point: Hanwell Station 2:30 pm. Admission to the event is free but booking is required. Please email Alice Wickman (awickman@wildlondon.org.uk) to book your place.

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK River Brent Himalayan Balsam Blitz #2

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join Thames21 and help remove a very invasive plant, Himalayan Balsam, from your local waterway, the River Brent, at Perivale Park. Himalayan Balsam takes over the riverbanks, not allowing other species to grow. By helping remove the Himalayan Balsam you will help the health of the River Brent by: 1. Increasing biodiversity allowing other plants to grow; 2. Decrease soil erosion. Himalayan Balsam is an annual plant which dies back during the autumn. Consequently, due to its shallow roots, a…

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June 2019

LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Dragonfly ID Workshop at Chislehurst Common

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chislehurst Common, Chislehurst Common
Chislehurst, BR7 5AP United Kingdom
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Free

A free, one day workshop in Chislehurst Common, where you get the chance to learn about the identification features and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies! Booking required. Please email dcourtneidge@wildlondon.org.uk to book your place.  Event runs from 10am until 4pm. 

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Wonderful Wildlife Weekend @ Woodberry Wetlands

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Woodberry Wetland, East Entrance
1 Newnton Close, N4 2RH United Kingdom
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Free

Join us for a river-themed, family learning event at Woodberry Wetlands. Learn about all the animals that live in or near the New River, which runs alongside Woodberry Wetlands.  There will be two main activity sessions throughout the day: pond dipping and minibeast hunting (10am-12pm by the education ponds), and a nature arts and crafts workshop (1pm-3pm by the Coal House Cafe). This is a drop-in event, so there is no need to book.

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Walking London’s Hidden Rivers

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Join us for an exploratory walk along three of London's hidden rivers - the Fleet, the Effra, and the Walbrook. Each walk will be joined by an expert guide who will talk about the rivers' history and landscape, connecting participants with London's heritage and ecology.  The walks vary in distance and duration, so see each individual event page for booking and further information. Places are limited, so book now!  The Fleet Walk (10am - 4pm): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-londons-hidden-rivers-the-fleet-tickets-60063579784  The Effra Walk (10am -…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Curious Village Stories – Hornchurch Industry & Leisure Heritage Walk

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Harrow Lodge Park, Harrow Lodge Park
Hornchurch, RM12 4PL United Kingdom
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Free

This walk is part of the Land of the Fanns ‘Community Mapping – 100 Stories project’ led by Kinetika, which, with local communities, will identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika's batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020.  The walk route has been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, memories and responses and…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Rewilding the river Crane

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us for a guided walk along the river taking in the habitat restoration work over the last decade and talking about opportunities for further river restoration work in the next ten years.  Booking essential: www.force.org.uk or email info@force.org.uk TW2 6AA       London Rivers Week runs from Saturday May 25 – Sunday June 2 2019 Launch opening event – Saturday May 25 There are more than 600km of waterway running through the capital, the same distance between Brighton…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Volunteering @ Quainton Street Open Space, River Brent

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Quainton Street Rec Open Space, River Brent, Quainton Street Open Space
London, Brent United Kingdom
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Free

Join Thames21 to help improve your local water course and surrounding environment as part of London Rivers Week undertaking practical river improvement solutions for the River Brent. The practical solutions will involve litter picking the surrounding environment and accessible in-channel areas. Calling photographers, artists, beginners, experienced, and  all those with interest, we would like the event and surrounding environment captured through pictures and drawings. Please make contact with the event leader Luke Damerum for further information. (own equipment needed) This…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Guided Walk along the Thames Estuary

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, The Ecology Park Gatehouse, Thames Path, John Harrison Way
London, SE10 0QZ United Kingdom
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Free

Join us for an educational guided walk along the Thames Estuary with an estuarine scientist and marine biologist. Learn all about the rivers’ ecology, history, recovery in recent years and how various organisations are now working to protect it. A representative from Tideway will also be joining to talk about how the Super Sewer will make a positive difference to the Thames and its wildlife. There will be a special offer for those attending: 10% off a Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) membership…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Hogsmill Highlights Guided Walk

June 2 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
KT5 9HY, Berrylands Scout Hut. Stirling Walk, Surbiton KT5 9HY + Google Map

A guided walk along the Hogsmill River, a precious chalk stream, from Berrylands Nature Reserve in Surbiton to Bourne Hall at the river's source. You will be guided along the river by members of the Catchment Partnership; a group of organisations that are working together to improve the river for people and wildlife. You'll learn all about this rare habitat, the threats it faces and the fantastic work that's been carried out to help it. The walk will be around…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Dragonfly ID Workshop at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, The Ecology Park Gatehouse, Thames Path, John Harrison Way
London, SE10 0QZ United Kingdom
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Free

Join us for a free, one day workshop, learning about the identification features and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies in Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park!  Booking is required for this event. To book, please email David Courtneidge: dcourtneidge@wildlondon.org.uk Event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Tidal Thames Fish Survey

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Slug and Lettuce, Buccleuch Passage, Richmond, Riverside House
Richmond, TW9 1TJ United Kingdom
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Free

Want to see which species of fish live in the Thames? This is your chance!  A selection of fish will be captured to demonstrate the many species that can be found in the Thames. The Environment Agency will have a stand where you can observe the fish up close and ask any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Environment Agency's surveying process! They will also carry out 'kick samples', which will show the…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Guided Walk – Ingrebourne Valley and Rainham Hall

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country, Hornchurch Road
Hornchurch, RM12 6DF United Kingdom
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Free

This walk is part of the Land of the Fanns ‘Community Mapping – 100 Stories project’ led by Kinetika, which, with local communities, will identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika's batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020.  The walk route has been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, memories and responses and during the…

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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Volunteering @ Whetstone Stray, Dollis Brook

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dollis Brook, Whetstone Stray Barnet N20 8HH United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Join Thames21 to help improve your local water course and surrounding environment as part of London Rivers week undertaking practical river improvement solutions for the Dollis Brook. The practical solutions will involve litter picking the surrounding environment and accessible in-channel areas. Calling photographers, artists, beginners, experienced, and  all those with interest - we would like the event and surrounding environment captured through pictures and drawings. Please make contact with the event leader Luke Damerum for further information. (own equipment needed)…

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