Essex Rivers Hub


New guidance for landowners and land managers wanting to encourage healthy water vole populations on their land has been released by PTES (People’s Trust for Endangered Species). Reviewed and endorsed by the UK Water Vole Steering Group* it provides a wealth of information in a compact, and easy to follow guide. Topics covered include:

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.

Essex Wildlife Trust wanted to show their member the excellent work the River Wardens are doing across Essex by asking a few Wardens from across the county to share their views on the project and get some photos of them in action.

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

EssexRiversHub RT @BBCEssex: .@EnvAgencyAnglia has removed Himalayan Balsam along the Roman River near #Colchester. The plant poses a risk to the environ…
EssexRiversHub RT @KeepBritainTidy: Cigarette butts contain micro-plastics and chemicals that pollute waterways and poison marine life. Please #BinTheButt
EssexRiversHub RT @ShrewGod: We have a fully funded PhD position available in partnership with @nature_scot @NaturalEngland and @EssexWildlife using #eDNA
EssexRiversHub RT @EssexWildlife: Would you like to learn about the fascinating ecology of crayfish in Essex? Join us 6th Sept for an exciting day of cray…
EssexRiversHub RT @ESWH2O: Our reservoirs are beautiful, but please remember they are operational sites, so it is dangerous to swim or paddle them. Stay s…
EssexRiversHub RT @AnglianWater: A brilliant reminder from the @EnvAgencySE to not put wet wipes, and other unflushables, down the toilet!🚽 Wet wipes don…

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