Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

02-03-2016: From Land to Water and in-between...

The following events and projects need your help to get them off the ground. Many of them are brilliant opportunities to learn transferable skills, help promote the local area and gain some volunteering experience which can all help you in your future plans after Kingston University.

We also have a call for help from final year degree student at Kingston University for participants living in Kingston to complete a short 5 minute questionnaire for her dissertation.

See below for more details:

  • The Story of Our Parks by Young Place Shapers and the Environment Trust:

It is a great opportunity to:
learn some real, transferable skills in interviewing, recording, editing
help to promote the local area
gain some volunteering experience
For more information or to sign up contact Rachel on or 07740869382

  • Eel monitoring training with ZLS and Kingston University

ZSL has been monitoring the migration of eels into the Thames catchment since 2005 and now need your help to: 
• check eel traps 
• count and measure any eels present 
• upload the data onto the ZSL website 

Monitoring runs from April to September, so you can enjoy the summer in London’s rivers while collecting vital data to understand eels . At the end of the monitoring you will be invited to the 2016, Eel Forum at ZSL, London Zoo.

If you’d like to take part, Kingston University are running two training sessions on the 16th of March and 11th of May. 

2pm – 4pm. places are limited to 30 people. Sign up now by emailing Sivi on 

  • River restoration on the Hogsmill with the South East Rivers Trust. 
If you were involved or have benefited from the changes in the Riverbank at Knights park
(follow link to see the changes over time) there is another opportunity to get involved with the team that worked with us to make this happen. 

SERT are going to be implementing some restoration through a 1 km stretch of the Hogsmill, such as installing Large Woody Material, bank softening and channel narrowing. These techniques will help increase flow diversity in the river, creating habitats for invertebrates, fish and other wildlife. 

Make sure you sign up!

Spaces are limited to 15 volunteers per day.
If you are interested in joining one or all days, please email Polly ( 
) as soon as you can to book your place.

  • Wild At Heart – Wildflower planting with Young Place Shapers
If you are aged between 16-24, Young Place shapers need your help in this morning of Wildflower planting. See this link for more details

  • Calling all Kingstonites, if you have 5 minutes to help this Julia Wagner, a final year KU student with her dissertation questionnaire (please see below) just click on the  advert or here to be taken to the survey :) She needs to get 300 participants, so if you know of anyone who lives in Kingston, and would be happy to fill in the questionnaire, we would be grateful if you can forward this to them too!

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