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Posted by Ilse Steyl Posted on 2015-07-29

Eel monitoring training - 7 August 2015

Dear Volunteers,

You may be aware that over the last few years Joe Pecorelli from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has been working hard to return eels to the River Crane. In three years of dedicated volunteer monitoring on the river at Crane Park Island not a single eel was recorded, this was largely due to the many barriers, such as weirs and sluices, preventing young eels from moving up the river.

Part of the River Crane catchment is the Duke of Northumberland’s River (DNR), which enters the Thames near the London Apprentice pub in Old Isleworth. Recently, funding was secured to install two eel passes on the DNR, at Kidd’s Mill Sluice in Old Isleworth, and inside the Mogden Sewage Treatment Works.

Chris Cockel is now assisting Joe with the project and an opportunity to get involved in this exciting project is now available. We’re looking for volunteers to help monitor the new eel pass at Mogden. Since we started monitoring the pass on a trial basis at the end of June, 71 elvers have been recorded using the pass.

A training session for new eel monitors will be held from 6-8.30pm on Friday August 7th at the treatment works off Mogden Lane. You can download the flyer for more details. Monitoring will continue until the end of September.

There is a strict limit of 15 places available for the training session, so please sign up as soon as possible, and only sign up if you are certain you can join us on August 7th. If you'd like to join this training session it's crucial that you let Chris know, as a list of names needs to be submitted to Thames Water beforehand for security reasons. As such, if your name is not on the list, you will not be able to enter the treatment works. It is not possible to simply show up on August 7th.

This is your chance to help eels return to the River Crane catchment.

Chris's contact details:
Phone: 078 1546 1485