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In May this year one of our reserve wardens, Bob Seago, was walking along the beach at Colne Point Nature Reserve when he came across an unusual object on the strandline. Further investigation revealed it to be a fish tag

Volunteers from the Friends of Hoppit Mead LNR have been working hard to keep the local nature reserve looking great; this group is run by Amanda Turburville from Braintree District council. Recently they cleared the river of rubbish in the Reserve along the River Brain between London Road and Notley Road; road signs, tyres, a stool and a large barrier as well as lots of plastic that was pulled out of the river.

For the past few years the Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Environment Agency (EA) have been collaborating on a range of joint initiatives.

River Wardens got a water-level view of the Colne on Saturday after an afternoon at Colchester Canoe Club. A group was able to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity, getting up close to the river bank and the Colne's other features.

The day allowed the wardens to come together, ask questions, share their knowledge and survey the river... all at a new perspective!

29 July 2015

River Wardens attended a survey techniques course on Wednesday afternoon. Hosted at Little Waltham Memorial Hall, wardens took part in an information session

On Friday we were running our annual White-clawed Crayfish training day, run by Martin Pugh who is an ecologist for EECOS, which is Essex wildlife Trust's in house ecology consultancy. Not only does this give people the opportunity to  learn more about this increasingly rare species but also gives us the opportunity to monitor how the population is faring.

During the survey of Stebbing Brook we were quite concerned when only 18 adults were found and of these 16 had White Porcelain Disease. This is not to be confused with the crayfish plaque, which is carried by invasive crayfish for which our native species has no immunity to. White Porcelain Disease is a naturally occurring disease within native crayfish population but does not exceed 10% infection rate within a healthy population. To find so many of those captured on Friday to be infected was quite alarming as was the fact that we did not find any juveniles.

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