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Diary Dates - 2014

Here are some forthcoming events in which OART will be exhibiting or taking part:


Task Force dates

Always second Sunday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.

For details of our Task Force volunteering activities along with dates and locations

Please click here...

Volunteering Opportunites with OART

To help us continue with, and to expand our important work we need volunteers. The diversity of our work means there is always a variety of activities available to get involved in, which require no specialist knowledge or experience. Volunteering with OART gives the opportunity to achieve the satisfaction of helping protect the sensitive habitat and ecosystems of your local river for all wildlife.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Conservation work
  • Publicity & website
  • Water testing
  • Habitat surveying
  • Biological monitoring
  • Restoration projects
  • Wildlife recording
  • If you live in the area and would like to help us protect and improve your local river please get in touch:

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    Latest work opportunity in the Ouse & Adur catchment

    Job Vacancy

    Job Title - Adur & Ouse Catchment Development Officer

    Job Type - Contract (Value £13,000)

    Location - Home-based working across the Adur & Ouse Catchment

    Start Date - November 2014 (Application closing date 23rd October 2014)

    Overview of contract

    The Adur & Ouse Partnership, comprising government bodies, NGOs and business in East and West Sussex, has been developing rapidly since 2011 and has produced a strategic Catchment Management Plan (CMP) ( to address a wide range of issues and concerns across coastal and freshwater environments.

    The aim of this contract is to take the CMP into its delivery phase through the investigation and subsequent development of applications for medium- to long-term funding, with a geographic focus on the Upper River Ouse. The contractor will require individual liaison with organisations and Project Officers across the Partnership and regular reports on progress to the Partnership Steering Group (PSG) via its Chairman.


    Download the full job specification and how to apply...
    Welcome to Our Website

    Who we are

    The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is a rivers trust formed from the amalgamation of the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society and the River Adur Conservation Society. It is a registered charity and a member of the national body now known as The Rivers Trust (formerly the Association of Rivers Trusts). OART is dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse, the River Adur, their tributaries and impoundments.

    Our work...

    The activities of the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are diverse and include but are not limited to:

    • River restoration projects
    • Provision and easement of fish passage
    • Riparian habitat restoration, enhancement & creation, including floodplain woodland planting
    • Partnership working with the Environment Agency and other organisations on riverine projects
    • Biological and chemical monitoring of water quality
    • Walkover River Habitat Surveys as the basis for catchment restoration plans
    • Sea trout monitoring
    • Lobbying and campaigning to protect the ecology of the Ouse & Adur catchment

    Some of our main activities

    River Habitat Work


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    River Restoration

    We've delivered some significant projects to improve river ecology , primarily focused on improving fish passage but also to address potential flooding issues through reconnecting floodplains.

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    Improving Fish Passage

    One of our key activities is easing fish movement for most species within the catchment. We have either removed structures or installed a fish passes, some targeted at eels & elvers.

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    Conservation Work Party

    We have a group of conservation volunteers called “The Task Force”. Their objective is to maintain and improve river and stream habitats accross the catchments including both rivers.

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    Water Quality Testing

    Every month we collect water samples from 12 locations throughout the Ouse catchment which are then chemically analysed. The results are published in our monthly report.

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    Biological Monitoring

    We have a biological monitoring programme operating across the catchment. Regular sampling of macro-invertebrate populations allows us to assess the long term health of the rivers.

    Find out more....
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    Sea Trout or 'Redd Watch'

    Every winter teams of volunteers carry out regular walkover surveys along tributaries of the Ouse and Adur. The location of any sea trout observed or signs of spawning activity (redds) are recorded.

    Sussex Ouse Sea Trout....
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