Citizen Science

Support our river!
Sign up today to help us build a Community of knowledge & Evidence

We are delighted to be able to offer FREE community River Ecology 101 training sessions in April! 

The course will enable you to complete a baseline river survey, access resources and monitor a stretch. Nominate a site you would like to investigate and help us build a community of knowledge & evidence.

Available dates
Sunday 14th April 2024 – Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park
Sunday 21st April 2024 – Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes
Newhaven training TBC in June – we will circulate details soon

Click here for full details and we hope to hear from you about which session you can attend!

Let us help you to help the Ouse and tributary streams —join our mailing list to hear about opportunities from Love Our Ouse and other partners in and around the river!

Nominate a site you would like to investigate and attend our River Ecology 101 session

Attend our free River Ecology 101 training sessions and get trained to complete a baseline river survey of your site

Training will cover:

  • River ecology—what a healthy river looks like
  • River Issues and how to spot them
  • Species and habitat ID
  • Training to conduct a basic river survey
  • How to select a site and make sure you have safe access
  • Understanding biosecurity around water
  • Further activities or events

Once you’ve signed up you can then decide what else you might like to investigate depending on your time and ability, and could include:

  • River health monitoring and surveys
  • Climate Change monitoring
  • Geology and hydrology
  • National schemes and monitoring days
  • Cultural histories, land mapping and stories
  • Species spotting (inc. Invasive Non-Natives)
  • Task days like removing Invasive Non-Native Species,
  • helping with habitat restoration or River Litter Picks

Is there something you want to investigate? Let us know!

Training dates will be taking place starting in early Spring 2024. 
Send us your expression of interest to sign up at

“Piddinghoe. The river there is my spiritual home- my church...swim there every day if I can! Nature heaven...egrets, swans, cormorants, gulls, kingfisher and sometimes blessed with a seal!” Community Mapping anonymous contribution at the River Festival in Sept 2022


Contact Us
We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in being involved. Email us: