Dear Friends of the Brent Catchment Partnership,

Hope you're all very well, keeping strong and safe despite all the challenges of Covid-19

Despite having to postpone all events and adapt the way we're delivering projects, the Brent Catchment Partnership is as busy as ever, working remotely and making use of technology to hold meetings online.

With safe practices in place, River Brent partners are continuting to take forward improvements and keep everyone connected with the Brent rivers, streams and wetlands as they continue to flow and provide their benefits and services whilst we are in lockdown.

As your Brent Catchment Partnership host, I'll be keeping the wheels turning..

  • keeping communications going to let river Brent friends and stakeholders know what is happening with local river plans, projects or activities and other news via the BCP newsletter and other social media @YourRiverBrent
  • working on new web pages for the catchment partnership and online catchment action plan to keep everyone updated on the ‘big picture’ for the river Brent
  • developing and progressing new and existing projects that will deliver the river improvements outlined in catchment action plan and benefit local communities
  • fundraising for projects and activities in the catchment action plan, to prepare for when restrictions are lifted.

If you are able to get out for some exercise down by your local riverside, do take time to notice and enjoy nature!

And if you’re inspired to take and post photographs on social media, please do include tags for @YourRiverBrent @Thames21 and #Riverwatch to keep our vibrant river community connected!

Please feel welcome to email photographs of your local rivers – the good, the bad and even the ugly! .... we’re looking into how we can support more badged groups and project based clean ups; and continue with healthy river action and awareness training as soon as they can be resumed safely or via online resources.

Please also continue to report signs of gross pollution and blockages which may increase the risk of flooding to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060

If you would like more news about what’s happening in other river catchments, please sign up to the Thames21 newsletter here. You can also read the most recent newsletter about Our Rivers Can Help Us here.

And if you would like me to add your name to the River Brent newsletter, please get in touch here

Take care and stay safe!

Lucy

River Brent Catchment Partnership Manager

The River Brent Catchment Partnership has updated its Twitter ID to @YourRiverBrent

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London has over 600km of waterway, with twenty-one tributaries within Greater London and countless smaller streams. London Rivers Week is a celebration of all these places.

Events across the capital will also be listed on the Thames21 events pages

Get down to an event near you on the River Brent ... Read more...

London Wildlife Trust’s newest project, Water for Wildlife is a four year project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Thames Water, aiming to delve a little deeper into London’s freshwaters. London’s freshwater habitats Read more...

Continued from home story...

In 2013 extensive detective work began in Harrow after dirty water, which should have been destined for sewer pipes and the local treatment works, was found to be running into drains meant only for surface water (rainwater from homes) and then out into the brook, a tributary of the River Brent. Read more...

Litter accumulated at Brent Lodge on the River Brent has been at the centre of attention for months and it has sparked several community river clean-ups with Thames21, the intervention of the Environment Agency contracting a tree specialist and of course the Ealing park rangers and Amey.

Although, it is not an isolated or unusual scene, what is most impressive is that organisations and people acted together and volunteered their time in the interest of the environment. Read more...

Book your place to discover London as you have never seen it before. London Rivers Week, 26th June - 3rd July, is going to be a week of walks, bike rides and talks guided by the expert and passionate community working to improve access, recreation, ecology and understanding of rivers, ponds and the green open spaces surrounding them in London. Read more...

We've just set up a Facebook group. Please do join it and share photos, events, asks, opinions, comments, ideas, frustrations... our combined energy could really draw in lots more people.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wildwesthuddle/

Join in also on twitter @WildWestHuddle #WildWestHuddle Read more...

The Zoological Society of London ZSL has been monitoring the migration of eels into the Thames catchment since 2005 and now needs your help to: Read more...

Coming to a series of snappy talks on the innovative ways people are rewilding hearts, minds and places in the North-West of London? The Wild West Huddle will be packed full of high-energy, interesting talks from speakers energised by the natural world in the Brent catchment and beyond. Read more...

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