Loddon Rivers Week

 West Thames Rivers Week 2013 -

Practical Tasks to improve River Ecology


Background and purpose: Did you know, for low or no cost it is possible to make significant improvements to the fish and ecology of your river? In March 2012 we put on a programme of three practical days on three rivers in the River Loddon catchment to demonstrate the varying river restoration techniques available. In 2013 we hope to do this again on both the River Loddon catchment, and another river catchment in West Thames area to pass the knowledge and useful information onto others in order to help them improve the rivers in their areas.


THIS WEEK IS FOR YOU if you would like to improve rivers for wildlife. Please see contact details below to get involved!

It’s free!!!

Objectives of the week:

  1. Working with communities and experts to improve wildlife habitats in a safe way.
  2. Understanding flood defence consenting with the Environment Agency’s ‘low risk guide to consenting’.
  3. Inspiring and building capacity for river restoration.
  4. Understanding techniques and know how to deliver low cost solutions to habitat and ecological status failures.
  5. Providing technical pack showcasing local and national case studies.


This practical work will deliver Water Framework Directive actions improving the environment for people and wildlife. Please contact Matt Drew (Fisheries Team) to register interest for practical work or viewing on any or all days below. For any site specific information please contact one of the hosts below. Only those that have advanced briefing of risks and methods can do practical work, all attendees must confirm in advance


Contact Details:


Matt Drew – Fisheries Officer

Fisheries Team, Environment Agency, Red Kite House,

Howbery Business Park, Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BD.

01491 828 467                         


Programme and Times:


18th to 31st March 2013.


Tuesday 19th March 2013 – River Loddon Catchment ???

Thursday 21st March 2013 – River Loddon Catchment ???

Saturday 23rd March 2013 – River Loddon Catchment ???


Tuesday 26th March 2013 – Chertsey Bourne, Gogmore Park, Chertsey.

Thursday 28th March 2013 – Chalvey Ditch, Eton College, Eton.

Saturday 30th March 2013 - ???