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Natural History Tours

Welcome to our ecological programme !
Join us for the Thames Natural History Tour, as we explore London’s biggest blue space, the wonderful River Thames.
 
The River Thames was once biologically dead due to industrial pollution, but since the 1970s wildlife has been returning and thriving. And we’re on a mission to find it!
Today the Thames is home to more than 110 species of fish, which in turn support three species of shark, two species of seal, deep-diving cormorants, stealthy grey herons and more.
 
During the session, you will learn about the natural history and ecology of the Thames, and the issues that still threaten this iconic waterway. At the end of the session, you will also receive small leaflet specifically developed for this session containing some key information about this unique environment. 
 
Discovering the Thames by paddleboarding is the perfect way to enjoy the unique perspective of the river’s wildlife, and it can also help to relax and immerse ourselves in nature boosting mental and physical well-being.
Locations

Kew Bridge

The original home
of SUP in London.

‘Highly recommended! Being on the water for those few hours felt like holiday – no phone, no distractions, just beautiful scenes and a sense of freedom. You get close to cormorants, nesting herons, all types of geese and the banks draped with graceful, beautiful willows that conceal the land that you can imagine you are far from the city.’

Sukey Mookle

Get even closer to nature

Learning about the River Thames

Natural History Tours

Thames Natural History Beginners

This two-hour guided tour is suitable for paddlers who have never paddled on the tidal Thames with Active360 before. Under a watchful eye of an experienced coach you will master basic paddleboarding skills as well as start learning about the River Thames, its ecology and history. 

Natural History Tours

Thames Natural History Intermediate

This three-hour guided tour on a high tide is suitable for confident paddlers who have paddled on the tidal Thames with Active360 before. On a journey from Kew Bridge towards Richmond and beyond you will get a few tips regarding your paddleboarding skills but the main focus of this trip is to explore wildlife, learn about Thames’ history and ecology. It is very much a paddle and a chat type of journey. How far you get depends on the tide and weather conditions on the day and the group’s ability. 

Natural History Tours

Thames Natural History Intermediate

This three-hour guided tour on a high tide is suitable for confident paddlers who have paddled on the tidal Thames with Active360 before. On a journey from Kew Bridge towards Richmond and beyond you will get a few tips regarding your paddleboarding skills but the main focus of this trip is to explore wildlife, learn about Thames’ history and ecology. It is very much a paddle and a chat type of journey. How far you get depends on the tide and weather conditions on the day and the group’s ability. 

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