River Restoration with Paul Powlesland
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Rivers

River Restoration with Paul Powlesland

  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Rivers

River Restoration with Paul Powlesland

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About this course

Journey along the river Roding with Paul and learn how anyone can become a river guardian. From practical actions such as building benches and creating pocket parks, to measuring water quality and dealing with developers, this course is about giving you the confidence to start defending and protecting nature – hands-on.

In many places around the world, nature is viewed and treated as simply a resource, with no rights or inherent value. As seen in Paul’s local river, litter, sewage, and pollution are often able to build up in waterways with little done by local authorities. Similarly, developers are often given permission to remove green spaces that form part of the river’s ecosystem. However, when individuals step up and start restoring their rivers and creating a community around them, they have the power to defend nature and to demonstrate the value of the river.
Enabling public access, building paths, creating space for wildlife and even just starting an online group of fellow river restorers are all simple but powerful actions. Join the course and start River Restoration with Paul Powlesland today.

Learning outcomes

  • Build restoration community
  • Become a river guardian
  • Increase access to nature
  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce waste
  • Build biodiversity
  • Protect wildlife

Course modules

  1. Introduction

    2 min
  2. Module 1: Finding your River Community

    11 min
  3. Module 2: Planting Dry Trees

    15 min
  4. Module 3: Planting Wet Trees

    6 min
  5. Module 4: Managing Litter

    7 min
  6. Module 5: Monitoring Water Quality

    15 min
  7. Module 6: Planning Public Access and Place for Nature

    12 min
  8. Module 7: Pocket Parks

    7 min
  9. Module 8: Space for Wildlife

    16 min
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  • Location: London, England
  • Biome: Large and small rivers, temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
  • Modules: 8
  • Duration: 91 minutes

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About Paul Powlesland

Paul Powlesland is a barrister and founder of Lawyers for Nature, an organisation that seeks to represent the natural world and all those who seek to defend it in the courts, as well as campaigning for the legal rights of nature. 

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Earthed community members access all our courses at no extra cost. Find out about our pay-what-you-can membership here.

Earthed courses are online and on-demand so you can learn wherever you are and at your own pace.

This is an introductory course that welcomes everyone to discover the steps and impact of restoring your local river.

If you’re already working in river restoration, you may still find this course contains a top tip or valuable piece of insight. And the course is a great way to connect with other river restorers locally and globally and share your knowledge, experience, and encouragement.

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