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A summary of the white-clawed crayfish strategy for our area has been produced. If you are interested in understanding what needs to be done in order to tackle the problems we have then please click here. 

Wednesday 11th February 2015.

The 4th annual Essex WildlifeTrust volunteer open day was the best attended yet. With 80+ potential volunteers expressing interest in joining our survey team, we expanded our displays into an extra room to prevent us from running out of space.

Brief presentations about some of the survey opportunities available this year, from river and coastal surveys to butterfly transects and hedgerow surveys, were followed by the opportunity to chat to staff and existing volunteers and sign up for surveys and training. With nearly 60 volunteers signing up on the day for at least one survey, it looks like we are going to be in for a busy year!

Thank you also to our partners at the Essex Bat group, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Seasearch and the Essex Biodiversity Project for helping to make the day a success. Further details on all the surveys that we are planning this year and on training course dates will be available shortly.

Wednesday 11th February 2015.

A great meeting last night in Chappel, we now have a group of volunteers who will be monitoring the river and mink rafts that will be in place.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Saturday the 24th of January, societies from the University of Essex worked hard collecting 15 bags of rubbish from a highly littered area of the Colne near the University Campus. A group of 17 strong volunteers, organised by Torborg Rustand (President of the Environmental Protection Society), could be found picking up a range of rubbish including clothing, wood and plastics from the river bank.

After recently completing the river works at Little Waltham meadows, the Essex Biodiversity project have been working on a new river project; this time at Bocking Blackwater local nature reserve in Braintree.

Information provided by the Environment Agency:

On the 7 October 2014 we reported our finding of the Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) in the Wraysbury River and Wraysbury Reservoir in Staines. Further investigations have confirmed that the Quagga mussel is also present in the Warwick East Reservoir, Warwick West Reservoir and William Girling Reservoir, all located in the Lee Valley.

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