Useful links

Essex Wildlife Trust – The county's leading conservation charity. It has more than 32,000 members, manages and protects over 7,250 acres of land on 87 nature reserves and 2 nature parks and runs 8 visitor centres. The aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to Protect Wildlife for the Future

Environment Agency – A government department which aims to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. The Floodline numbers are 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188

Essex County Council – Essex County Council is the county council that governs county of Essex. It has 75 councillors, elected from 70 divisions. The council meets at County Hall in the centre of Chelmsford.

FWAG – This Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group serves the counties of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire. Their independent advisory service helps farmers and land managers run profitable farm businesses whilst protecting the environmental value of their land.

Rural Communities Council for Essex (RCCE) – RCCE's mission is to provide local communities with the skills, resources and expertise necessary to achieve a thriving and sustainable future.

This means helping communities come together to identify their own needs and priorities, and provide them with advice and support in developing practical solutions.

We strive to provide a voice for rural communities, representing their interests to government at local, regional and national level

Essex & Suffolk Water – Northumbrian Water and Essex & Suffolk Water are part of Northumbrian Water Limited, which is a member of Northumbrian Water Group (NWG).

Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment Partnership – Working with land managers within the Chelmer and Blackwater catchment to help them to reduce the amounts of diffuse pollution from their land entering the catchment.

Inland Waterways – A registered charity, founded in 1946, which advocates the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit.

Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust – A newly established Rivers Trust for the county that aims to represent the principles of the River Trust organisation. These are to promote sustainable, holistic and integrated catchment management and sound environmental practices, recognising the wider economic benefits for local communities and the value of education.

LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) – The leading organisation promoting sustainable food and farming. They help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo.

National River Flow Archive – The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) archive of UK Gauging Stations.  

National Trust – Back in 1895, they were founded with the aim of saving our nation's heritage and open spaces. 118 years later, they are still working hard to uphold these values.

Natural England – Their purpose is to protect and improve England's natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) – Has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain. They are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales.

Riverfly – A network of nearly 100 partner organisations, representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant authorities, working together to protect the water quality of our rivers, further the understanding of riverfly populations and actively conserve riverfly habitats.

RSPB – Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity - with more than a million members and nearly 20,000 volunteers. Alongside over 200 nature reserves in the UK, they are restoring rainforests in Africa and Asia, saving albatrosses in the southern oceans and planning to restore vast swathes of the UK's countryside to its former glory.

Tales from the Essex riverbank – A blog by Matt Butcher who is the Environment Agencies Catchment Manager for Essex. Follow the blog to find out real issues affecting Essex's Rivers and also the work that is being done by the Environment Agency and others to improve them.

Plantlife is an organisation aimed at raising the profile of wild flowers, plants and fungi. They have a useful guide to invasive and non-invasive aquatic plants that can be accessed here.

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