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Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) collates and manages data collected by its staff, volunteers and members, to help promote evidence based conservation and land management in Essex.

EWT also aims to work with the general public and external organisations that wish to share data so that information on species and habitats in Essex is available as widely as possible to those who require it, and to promote data sharing for the benefit of conservation in Essex.

All of the data collected is incredibly important, this new online recording system will allow more people to make more records and therefore help up to increase the amount of data collected. If you have seen a bird in your garden, a rabbit on grass verge on your drive to work or a fish in your local river then it is all worth recording! Give this simple website a go and see how easy it is to start making a contribution to your local records centre.

Thursday 28th May 2015.

Darren Tansley, Essex Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife Officer, worked with landowners in Sible Hedingham to improve a lake that was previously a carp fishing lake.

The lake is no longer fished and the carp have been removed and is now left to become a wildlife area. The quality of the water within the lake is poor due to increased nutrients from the fish and lacks habitats within the lake itself. Darren saw this as an opportunity to try out floating islands called BioHavens. These islands not only create habitats within the lake but it is hoped that they will improve water quality through their clever design. Below is a description of how they work:

We are still working hard on a number of river projects across the North West of Essex and have made significant strides forward in the past month or so with regards to completing these projects.

Having completed works on Little Waltham (which is looking great). The wet woodland is developing nicely and with the new fencing this gives it a great chance to scrub up nicely providing more homes for wildlife and nature.  I often think that scrub is inappropriately named, it seems to indicate that it is a wasted area or not worthy of note. However, scrub is great habitat for birds’ especially Trans-Saharan warblers, when conducting any bird survey it is often small areas of scrub that prove to the most effective areas.

If you haven't heard of Riversearch before then why not have a look at the latest newsletter by clicking the link below. You can learn all about the great work being done which is helping Essex to have a great water vole and otter population. Find out about what is happening in your local area as well as learn how you can get involved.

Riversearch News March 2015.

Monday 23rd March 2015.

 

Friday's consultation meeting at the Essex Records Office was a great success. Over 40 people attended; hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency, people attended from water companies, local authorities, parish councils, Writtle College and a great turn out for volunteer river wardens. There was a real buzz at the meeting and we have had some great feedback.

Cefas and the Environment Agency are working with the Angling Trust to develop a free electronic logbook (smartphone app) which will help you record your fishing experiences. This five minute questionnaire is your chance to help create a design that will be valuable to you. We want you to tell us what data you want this app to store and what features to build.

By recording data you will have the opportunity to contribute to scientific research: we intend to use the app as a reporting platform for a Citizen Science project starting in 2015. The data collected will help us to improve fishery and fish health management, monitor changes in biodiversity and impacts of fish diseases, non-native species and climate change. To do this we need to know what data you regularly collect and what you'd be willing to share with us.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/anglerlogbookapp.

Thursday 19th February 2015.

EssexRiversHub RT @EssexWTrecords: Our recently digitised historic dataset on the River #Colne and tributaries is now available on the @NBNAtlas! @EssexWi
EssexRiversHub RT @HarwichStandard: Volunteer wardens are set to safeguard #Tendring coast as part of @EssexWildlife program https://t.co/eM6F4Hqivz https…
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EssexRiversHub RT @EssexWTrecords: Booking open for @EssexWildlife courses from March to May - details here: https://t.co/kuJ1lGTRF1
EssexRiversHub RT @EssexWT_Mark: Fascinating day and questions answered with volunteer @EssexWildlife River Wardens learning about pollution with @EnvAgen

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