Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Here you will find a selection of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that does not appear on the list then please contact us.

What volunteering opportunities do you have?

We have a range of volunteering opportunities including both long term and short term positions. One of our most popular choices is to become a volunteer River Warden. This involves taking on a stretch of local river and monitoring it for a range of different factors including pollution, invasive species and river features. For more information on becoming a river warden please click here.

If you would prefer to be involved in some of our one-off projects then let us know via the 'contact us' page and we can add you to our volunteer mailing list. Once added, you will be told about all of our work parties and our annual volunteer day and you can choose which you attend. If there is something particular that you would like to get involved in then please specify this when you contact us and we can ensure that you are involved in these types of projects.

How can I get involved in volunteering?

Use the 'contact us' page to let us know what you would like to get involved in, or to ask about what opportunities we have. We are always in need of volunteers and we will point you in the right direction once we know what you are looking for.

What are the requirements to be a River Warden?

All that is required to become a river warden is the commitment to making a difference to your local river and a few hours a month to be able to walk your stretch of river. Full training is provided and we will always be on hand to support you. Any information that you collect is greatfully recieved.

What is the Water Framework Directive?

For more information on the Water Framework Directive (WFD), please click here.

Why can't I see any walkovers or projects on my local river?

Surveying all of the rivers in the Essex catchment is a time consuming task. Unfortunately, it has not yet been possible to survey all of our rivers. If you would like to help us by surveying your local stretch of river then please get in touch. We are also always looking for project suggestions; if you have a suggestion then please let us know and it may become one of our 'potential projects'.

I have seen a potential project that I would like to get involved in, is this possible?

If you think that you could help us by taking on a local project in your area, then we would like nothing more than to hear from you. Please use the contact us page to let us know what project you are interested in and we will contact you to make arrangements as soon as possible.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you have further questions then please use the 'contact us' page; this will put you through to Essex Wildlife Trust head office where your message will be re-directed to the relevant person. If you would prefer someone to call you to discuss your questions then please include you phone number and a request for a telephone call.

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