Form 6 braved the rain and wind and visited the Thames Explorer Trust. In their wellies, the girls waded into the water for river dipping, catching shrimp, tiny flounder and even one Chinese crab. On Chiswick Pier they carried out experiments to determine the depth and speed of the river as well as taking the air and water temperature. Back in the warm and dry, they tested the pH level of tap water and Thames water and found that they were surprisingly similar. This shows the progress which has been made in cleaning up the capital’s river. The girls then learnt about the changes in the way we live our lives and how these have affected the life of the Thames. Despite the unpromising conditions, it turned out to be a very informative, absorbing and enjoyable day!