Essex Rivers Hub

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Latest news

PondNet Spawn Survey

The Freshwater Habitats Trust is asking volunteers to record sightings of frog and toad spawn in Essex using a simple recording form and online guide, as part of their PondNet survey programme. Read more...

Essex River Wardens win national award!

NBN Award Winners

The Essex Wildlife Trust River Wardens have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Lynne Farrell Group Award at the National Biodiversity Network Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

The NBN national award scheme was established in partnership with the Biological Records Centre and the National Forum for Biological Recording. The awards are presented annually to individuals or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world. This year for the first time an additional category to recognise groups of people that have contributed to biological recording was added.

Two volunteer wardens from the Essex Wildlife Trust River Warden Scheme collected the award on behalf of the group and its coordinators at a reception held at the National Museums Scotland. Thanks to all of our River Wardens for for making the scheme such a success. Read more...

What is the Water Framework Directive?

The problems and threats facing our rivers have been recognised at a European level, by the Water Framework Directive.

This is a piece of European legislation which became UK law in 2003. It states that all waterbodies (including rivers, lakes and the sea) in the UK must reach 'good ecological status' by 2027. 'Good ecological status' means they should be clean and healthy and contain the 'right' type and number of animals and plants. The UK has a legal obligation to meet this target.

Some projects require hands-on, practical, help. If you can give your time and fancy getting involved with practical work in and around a river, this could be for you! We will post information on the contacts page as projects require help. Typical things may include:

Himalayan Balsam pullers

Mink raft checkers and water vole surveyors

Submit Records

River Wardens

Riverfly Monitors

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