Essex Rivers Hub


Essex Wildlife Trust will be running a free training session for volunteers at their head office in Great Wigborough as part of a pilot eDNA project. 

Running in conjunction with Salford University, the innovative project aims to survey mammal species by taking water samples from rivers using eDNA, the DNA fingerprint left by animals in contact with still or running water. This technique has been tested in a small trial in Assynt, Scotland earlier in the year but this will be the first attempt at catchment scale field trials.

Essex Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers to help with the 2019-2020 annual Essex Otter survey.

The survey which runs from October 2019 to June 2020 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the annual county survey, which began in 1996 as a research project by the University of Essex before being incorporated into Riversearch in 2007.

2020 dates for CLA’s farm business update event have now been released. The free event which covers the latest environmental, water and regulatory issues effecting farming will be held at seven different locations across East Anglia early next year, including Writtle Agricultural College.

The autumn 2019 edition of the Stour & Colne newsletter is now available to download here.

This latest edition includes updates on water quality, the metaldehyde ban, new farming rules for water, local projects, the new What’s In Your Back Yard (WIYBY) website, the newly formed Water Resources East (WRE) group and beavers returning to Essex.

The Environment Agency are currently undertaking a consultation on the latest iteration of their water company drought plan guidelines.

The guidance which was revised in September 2019 sets out what companies must and should include in their statutory drought management plans. These plans focus on the actions companies plan to take to maintain water supply and protect the environment from their operations during a drought.

Thames Water's Autumn 2019 stakeholder newsletter is now available to download on the Essex Rivers Hub website. 

The newsletter covers topics including water supply outlook, Thames Water's 2020-2025 business plan, campaigns update, community engagement and stories from Thames Water's in house newsroom. 

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