Molesey Hurst ©John Inglis
Queen Anne's Lace ©John Inglis Tufted Vetch ©John Inglis Knapweed ©John Inglis Hedge Brown on Hurst Meadows ©Mick Rock

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RIVER THAMES SCHEME - update, January 2017
A day-long seminar was held with local people at Imber Court on this flood alleviation scheme. The Friends went along to take notes and feed in local information. The report here has been written with the Environment Agency.
Tap here to see a report from this event, with links to documentation about the Scheme.

Populations of vertebrate animals—such as mammals, birds, and fish—have declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. Depressingly, the report highlights an even bigger drop in freshwater species - on average, there’s been an 81% decline over the same period. So more important than ever to look after what we have here in Hurst Meadows and along our river Thames.
Read the report here

A Government briefing highlights the benefits of nature and good quality, accessible, green spaces - especially near water - for our health and wellbeing. These public open spaces - like Hurst Park and Meadows, away from the urban setting - encourage local people to take the 30 minutes of exercise each day that we need for better health. Tap here to see the briefing.

Swimming in the ThamesAlthough there was once a bathing station at Hurst Park, the Environment Agency ask us to point out that the river Thames here is not designated bathing water, and as such is not monitored for infectious organisms and human health.

Recently a number of dogs have suffered intestinal illness after swimming in the river and in the past few years people too have fallen sick - most notably about 300 swimmers picking up a gastrointenstinal infection in 2013.

Read here about medical advice on swimming in the Thames.

If you or your dogs become ill after contact with river water we'd be grateful if you would let the Friends of Hurst Park know so that we can log incidents - as far as we are aware records are not kept. Local people suspect it is a recent phenomonum caused by release of effluent from 40-50 unauthorised residential boats without access to any services moored upstream of Hurst Park.

See also other references: here | here | here | here | and here

There are regular reports of fish poaching - either fishermen killing and removing their catch rather than returning fish to the river, or using illegal nets. Netting has been reported along Hurst Park. If you see any fish poaching, report it immediately to the Environment Agency incident hotline (0800 80 70 60), and we would be grateful to hear about it to build up a picture of this illegal activity that depletes our river stocks.


Autumn Squill on Hurst Park
The very rare plant, Autumn Squill, growing on Hurst Park ©John Inglis

Autumn squill, a delightful little blue flower which is rare in Great Britain, has now been confirmed to be growing in Hurst Park. This is the only recorded location for this plant in the county of Surrey. The discovery adds yet another rare species to our wonderful Hurst Park environment, following on from the identification in 2013 of Great Burnet in the Little Meadows.

There has since been a further discovery: sea stork's bill, close to the slipway by the car parking area. This is an odd, very rare, little plant and there are several colonies thriving in the area.

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