Essex Rivers Hub
Water is essential for everything we do. That's why we are working towards improving the quality of all our rivers, lakes and ground waters for everyone to enjoy. On these pages you will find information on your local rivers, where it is thriving, where the problems are and how we're working to resolve them. We've also included some case studies, details of current projects and how you can get involved.
Improving our water environment is a challenge for everyone. Achieving the standards set out in the EU's Water Framework Directive will be a tall order, and we will only succeed by working together.
The Essex Rivers Hub (ERH) was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust. It has developed a broad active membership which includes (not in any order) Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex and Suffolk Water including the Chelmer & Blackwater Partnership, National Farmers Union, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group East, Local Authorities (Colchester, Rochford, Uttlesford, Chelmsford, in future LA's will be represented by the Essex Planning Officers Association ( EPOA)), Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust, Essex Waterways Ltd., ECC Flood partnerships, National Trust and Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project.
PondNet Spawn Survey
The Freshwater Habitats Trust is asking volunteers to record sightings of frog and toad spawn in Essex using a simple recording form and online guide, as part of their PondNet survey programme. Read more...
Essex River Wardens win national award!
The Essex Wildlife Trust River Wardens have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Lynne Farrell Group Award at the National Biodiversity Network Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.
The NBN national award scheme was established in partnership with the Biological Records Centre and the National Forum for Biological Recording. The awards are presented annually to individuals or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world. This year for the first time an additional category to recognise groups of people that have contributed to biological recording was added.
Two volunteer wardens from the Essex Wildlife Trust River Warden Scheme collected the award on behalf of the group and its coordinators at a reception held at the National Museums Scotland. Thanks to all of our River Wardens for for making the scheme such a success. Read more...
What is the Water Framework Directive?
The problems and threats facing our rivers have been recognised at a European level, by the Water Framework Directive.
This is a piece of European legislation which became UK law in 2003. It states that all waterbodies (including rivers, lakes and the sea) in the UK must reach 'good ecological status' by 2027. 'Good ecological status' means they should be clean and healthy and contain the 'right' type and number of animals and plants. The UK has a legal obligation to meet this target.
Some projects require hands-on, practical, help. If you can give your time and fancy getting involved with practical work in and around a river, this could be for you! We will post information on the contacts page as projects require help. Typical things may include:
Himalayan Balsam pullers
Mink raft checkers and water vole surveyors