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PostSubject: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:37 pm

We have had contact from the Wandle Trust who have been doing enhancement works on the Hogsmill for a while

There is a new section they will be working on a asked if any TAC members would like to get hands on. This is a great opportunity to help improve this Thames tributary and reading the plan it will greatly improve habitat for the fish, all very good news.

This is the email, contact info to sign up is included, I am planning to go on the 16th or 17th March.


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I am writing to inform you of a project that the South East Rivers Trust (Wandle Trust) and Kingston University have been working on. Tim Longstaff has given me your details saying that you are a friendly active bunch who may be keen to get involved.

The section of the Hogsmill River that flows through the Knights Park Campus is lacking habitat and diversity of flows. The river here is over-wide, uniform and without cover in the form of in-channel trees, marginal cover and deep holes. The right bank is made of a near vertical wall. Although there are some good chub present, this stretch of river is very short between weirs both upstream and downstream. We therefore aim to provide a variety of habitat to suit all life stages of fish and riverine life within the reach.

We have just been consented by the EA to carry out some habitat improvement works. This will take place over three phases.

- The first phase is scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday (24th-25th February) between 10am-4pm. This will involve felling several trees and fixing them in the river. This will provide cover and encourage erosion and deposition, therefore increasing geomorpholgcal diversity.

- The second phase will be narrowing and creating a sinuous channel. This will involve creating low flow berms with chestnut faggots and gravel. The majority of this will take place on the right bank in front of the University wall. This will take place on Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th March again between 10am-4pm. Being after the end of the season you may be keen for an excuse to get out into the river.

- The final phase is planting up the newly constructed berms with native riverine species. This will take place on Wednesday 2nd April between 10am -4pm.

This project is part of a larger project that the Trust is currently working on. The aim is to improve connectivity for fish passage along the length of the river. We have currently removed three weirs in the upper reaches and drowned another out. In theory, by project completion a fish should be able to swim from the Thames to the source in Ewell.

If you and other TAC members want to get involved, please email biodiversity@kingston.ac.uk to sign up and get further information.



I hope to see you there,

Many thanks and kind regards,

Toby Hull
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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:09 pm

These are great days out people, if you're free, it's well worth it.   


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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:16 pm

Great day, great people, some interesting work going on. Photos up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:11 pm

Well done Oli good effort, will try to get down on the 16th or 17th - look forward to the pics
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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:34 pm

Good work Oli, great you got involved.   

Along with this there will be other WT projects coming up over the summer where TAC volunteers can get involved, will post as and when.   
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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:21 pm

Please have a look at the project and the photos to go with it. I uploaded the images onto my Facebook page rather than spend time uploading single ones. Feel free to come along on the dates. They need as many people as possible, great day out.


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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:10 am

Nice work Mr Lafci and some good pix to boot!


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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:46 pm

Anyone signed up to help?

I will be there on the 15th to help this marvellous Thames tributary.
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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:06 pm

Very enjoyable day, hard work and expecting to be hurting tomorrow. Around 25 volunteers turned up, hearing 30 odd tomorrow so very good news for the organisers.

Job today was to stake a length of riverside and put in faggots, gravel and bed it all in. This new habitat area was to compliment the flow deflectors put in a few weeks ago when Oli L was down. Great progress today, looking really good.

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The brash that was going to create the faggots, all needed to be moved





the stakes going in to contain the brash





Nice to see a familiar face, Joe P of the ZSL





The gravel ready to start going in



Going in



I was down in the river getting the gravel set, my have previous form for that   Laughing 

Net result, gravel area narrowing the channel which will have smaller gravel put in over the top, then be planted.






Only 1/2 time but a great start.

Had a good chat with Toby who runs the Wandle Trusts Hogsmill projects, plenty of upcoming opportunities including some Eel stuff, will keep you informed.


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PostSubject: Re: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:13 pm

Excellent job Dave! well done to all the volunteersWith the sun shining you can't get a better day! nice photos as well mate! Smile
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PostSubject: Hogsmill River Habitat Works‏/Wandle Trust- Volunteers   Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:40 pm

Ladies and Gents

Having been fortunate to grow up within 75 yards of the Hogsmill River thanks is never enough to say for all your work restoring this under rated little stream to a great breeder/feeder for our River Thames

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