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Last year we reported our concerns for the only known river population of the native White-clawed Crayfish in Essex.

Here is an account from Wivenhoe Canoe and Kayak Club about how they joined forces with Rivercare to improve the Colne.

Wivenhoe Canoe and Kayak Club

 

Friday 24th June 2016

The Stroud District Council recently produced an informative film detailing the technical principles of Natural Flood Management on small streams and their catchments. Various techniques and designs are explored, with the aim of maximising benefits for biodiversity and water quality, whilst reducing the risks of flooding. The film can be found here, in the 'Videos' section of the Essex Rivers Hub.

 

Wednesday 25th May 2016

The elusive sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus, is perhaps the oldest known vertebrate, without having changed much in the last 360 million years. As with many other species, human activity has had negative impacts on their reproductive behaviour and thus their population in many habitats. However, lampreys are beginning to reappear in the Great Ouse, Trent, Derwent and Wear rivers due to conservation efforts to retain their status.

You can read more about these fascinating creatures here, in an interesting article published by the Guardian. 

 

Wednesday 25th May 2016

On Sunday, 01 May 2016, 8 people from or related to Halstead, including town councillor Eileen Penn, set out to continue clearing the waste from humans out of the River Colne. This was following on from the clean up on 12 March. The aim was to extend their reach with people actually going into the river to collect the embedded rubbish along with the bags stuck in overhanging trees. Neil Williams came in his waders which was very useful. He did the whole walk in the water. The group was equipped with a range of rakes, grappling hooks, litter pickers, a poop scoop and lots of bin bags with thanks to Halstead Auto Electrics and Essex Wildlife Trust. The journey started at Parsonage Street Bridge and moved slowly along the riverside walk in a downstream direction.  

We have just added some new Case Studies produced by Cheshire Wildlife Trust giving advice and guidance to businesses and householders on reducing their impact on the water environment. These can be found in the Case Studies section under 'Householders' and 'Farmers and Landowners'.

We have also added some information about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to the Factsheets section. This has been produced by Essex County Council and gives some explanation of what SuDS are and help with implementing them.

 

Tuesday 10th May 2016

EssexRiversHub RT @theriverstrust: Research has found that, despite its name, 'eco glitter' causes the same amount of damage to rivers as normal glitter d…
EssexRiversHub RT @Eleri_Pritchard: Excited to share my article for @ConversationUK on our newly published work on signal crayfish survey and management.…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: Do you know how to dispose of cooking oil or fat? Pour used oil or fat in a heatproof container until it cools and pr…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: This week officers counted 196 eels at our Judas Gap eel pass on the River Stour🐟 They travelled 3,500km across the A…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: Here's how you can help protect the environment straight after your dinner •Pour leftover cooking fats into a heat pr…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: Do you often use cotton balls, pads or buds? Never put them down the loo as they cause blockages and harm our enviro…

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