Rivers and People

Go with the flow

The Project

River Resources

Welcome to the Rivers & People Web Resource for teachers, students and individuals interested in finding out more about some of the activities the project has been involved in.

Click on the tabs above to browse through the subject areas and please feel free to download and / or print any of the resources on offer. Additional river-related resources and equipment are available to borrow from Lewisham Council. Please contact us  for further information regarding this

Rivers & People

Rivers and People was a 3-year lottery-funded project run as a partnership between Lewisham Council and Creekside Education Trust. On offer was a programme of events and activities aimed at engaging people with the borough’s extensive river network and its associated wildlife.

School session in Ladywell Fields

School session in Ladywell Fields

Activities offered were all free of charge and include guided walks and wades along the Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy rivers, natural history workshops, practical conservation sessions for biodiversity and amenity benefit, and occasional river clean-ups to remove unwanted debris and invasive species.

Schools were particularly welcome to get involved as we were able to offer a wide range of water and wildlife-related activities to link in with the curriculum. To date groups have taken part in river wades, freshwater invertebrate sampling, channel characteristics, clean-ups, nature rambles and water quality and flooding investigations.

If you took part in an event, please visit our feedback wall to leave a comment!

The project was funded through Natural England and the Big Lottery’s Access to Nature scheme, and is being delivered by Lewisham Council and the Creekside Education Trust.

The Project today

“Excellent as usual – we keep returning & aim to spread the good word about the importance of field studies.”

Some school projects can still be organised, however we have been working hard on creating a schools pack so that teachers can borrow our equipment and run their own river related sessions.  This includes worksheets, resources and 3 short videos to help you run your sessions safely and to get an idea of where you can run your projects.  More information on this on how to book can be found on our School Resource page.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Looking at the invertebrates of the Quaggy

Looking at the invertebrates of the Quaggy

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River dipping in Manor Park

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