Rivers and streams are home to a multitude of animals such as kingfishers, brown trout and otters, as well as many other species of fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals. We are lucky enough to have some great local rivers where we can see this close up.

Rivers, and the underground reserves that feed them, also provide us with freshwater, and water is vital to everything we do.

With society and wildlife depending on rivers, it is vital that we keep them healthy. This is what we aim to do at South East Rivers Trust (SERT). SERT is a grassroots environmental charity with a vision to achieve healthy river ecosystems, for all, across the south east of England. The Trust works with local communities and organisations to tackle the pressures on rivers and restore their habitats for widlife.

With society and wildlife depending on rivers, it is vital that we keep them healthy. This is what we aim to do at South East Rivers Trust (SERT). SERT is a grassroots environmental charity with a vision to achieve healthy river ecosystems, for all, across the south east of England. The Trust works with local communities and organisations to tackle the pressures on rivers and restore their habitats for widlife.

Did you know?

  • In London there are more than 600km of rivers – roughly the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.
  • The Wandle and Hogsmill are chalkstream rivers, a seriously threatened habitat, with only 200 remaining worldwide.
  • The Wandle was once the lardest worked river for its size, with 90 mills along its length.

Schools along the Wandle, Hogsmill and Beverley Brook can book sessions through SERT’s education programme, Project Kingfisher. This offers outdoor classes and assemblies where children can learn more about their local river its history, wildlife and the role we can all play in protecting rivers.

If you would like more information, contact the education team at education@southeastriverstrust.org or call 07468 529 312