Lambeth Floating Marsh

The site of Lambeth Marshes was once an extensive habitat for wildlife. Today, with the marshland long gone, the flood defence walls that border the river offer little shelter for organisms. In 1957 the Thames was declared biologically dead, and whilst the removal of pollutants from the river has resulted in the return of fish, birds and even seals, their ongoing survival will be dependent on the microorganisms and invertebrates that support the wider food chain.
 
To explore how new habitats may be created for these organisms, artist Loraine Leeson and biophysical chemist Nithin Rai, co-owner of the Tamesis Dock, have been working with University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology to examine microscopic life in this part of the river. They have been investigating how vessels and other floating structures on the river might begin to offer supportive environments that encourage these creatures to flourish. To test this, a micro ‘floating marsh’ has been created along both sides of the Tamesis Dock's hull to find out if and how it might maintain and support the growth of these organisms. If successful, the idea could be adapted for use elsewhere on urban rivers, encouraging the 'greening' of our waterways and the return of a number of species to their natural habitats.
 
For this project, the arts are being used as a means to imaginatively engage the public and bring visibility to this biodiversity. Join us for drinks on the evening of the 15th September to celebrate the launch of the project and hear about why the biodiversity of urban rivers is so important. On the evening, see the various microorganisms that inhabit this stretch of the river. Watch out for Daphnia, Desmids, Diatoms, Euglena, Melosira, Pediastrum, Rotifers and colonies of Asterionella.
 
There are plans to extend the project to involve local young people in both the monitoring and imaging processes, therefore we welcome any groups or individuals active in the area to discuss this with us on the evening. The work has been funded by the Western Riverside Environmental Fund, which re-directs revenue from landfill tax for environmental purposes.

Projections along the embankment pavement by Tames Dock will continue after dark until 24th September 2015.

Lambeth Floating Marsh


Event Title: Lambeth Floating Marsh
Start Date: 15/09/2015
End Date: 24/09/2015
Venue: Tamesis Dock
Town/City: London
Postcode: SE1 7TP
Further Details:
http://www.lambethfloatingmarsh.org.uk
Contact Email: contact@kerrijefferis.com