Volunteer wardens

Essex Wildlife Trust are looking for local residents to become volunteer Coastal and River Wardens. This would be a great way to get out and about and learn more about wildlife, your river or stretch of coastline and how to protect it. If you live near or regularly walk along the river or coast, perhaps you could become a volunteer Coastal or River Warden?

As a volunteer Coastal or River Warden, you would have a key role in monitoring a short stretch of your local river or coast and reporting back information by:

  • Recording habitat features
  • Monitoring wildlife
  • Recording and alerting on pollution incidents
  • Recording invasive species
  • Reporting fly tipping and littering
  • Recording localised flooding, damage to sea walls and other river issues which affect your community
  • Acting as a point of contact in parishes and communities about river and coastal initiatives, raising awareness about the environment and liaising with local user groups


As a volunteer, you could commit as little or much time as you have available and choose the area that you would want to monitor, maybe working in pairs or small groups. Full training would be given to undertake surveys and monitoring, Health & Safety and to understand issues including pollution and sediment runoff. All the necessary equipment would be provided and you would be fully supported by Essex Wildlife Trust staff and the Catchment Partnership. If you are interested in becoming a Coastal or River Warden or would like some more information then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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