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Diary Dates - 2015

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

Sun 7th March: Lewes Water Fair at the Linklater Pavilion


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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    OART are hiring!

    Project and administrative coordinator
    Contract with the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART)
    Job title: Project and Administrative Coordinator
    Job nature: 3 days/week contract (self-employed) for one year
    Remuneration: £14,824/year
    Closing date: 29 May 2015
    Contact: send full cv to
    Download full job description here

    River restoration work at Knepp Estate

    Over the coming 8-12 months we have a wide range of activities across both rivers which we want to use to reinvigorate the task force to help with in-channel restoration projects and to help with management of the riparian habitat. The first of these activities was held at the Knepp Estate on the River Adur on 26th & 27th March. Joined by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Wild Trout Trust we created in-channel enhancements for the re-meandered section of the River as it flows through the estate. This was a physical activity and involved some time in the channel fixing log deflectors and berms into the channel. In addition we moved trees from within the estate to the river banks to provide some shade and shelter through this currently barren stretch.
    If you think you'd like to help with the next taskforce outing find out more here or contact taskforce leader Mick Deacon - tel: 07751 137057, email:

    Lewes Water Fair

    The Lewes Water fairOART, in collaboration with the Sussex Flow Initiative Project hosted the Lewes Water Fair at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes on 7th March 2015. It focused on flooding, flood resilience, water quality and water usage and brought together numerous organisations working within the Ouse & Adur Catchment focused on the water environment, including the Environment Agency, Adur & Ouse Partnership, Southern Water, South East Water, South Downs National Park, University of Brighton and Lewes District and East Sussex County Council. In addition there were displays and opportunities to speak to companies promoting Sustainable Urban Drainage products such as green roofs and permeable paving. For a full list of organisations that took part, click here……



    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.

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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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