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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.

In order to celebrate our river wardens project, we are now producing a regular newsletter. If you would like to contribute anything to our newsletter, or think you have spotted something that we should be sharing then please let us know. You can access the newsletter by clicking here.

Friday 13th February 2015.

This week, our Thaxted group of river wardens have highlighted the need for the project. On the 6th of February on a usual survey, one of the wardens noticed a sewage pipe with a hole in it. If this had been left then a pollution incident would have been iminent. The warden contacted the parish council who got straight on the phone to Anglian Water who responded very quickly and the problem is now fixed.

A summary of the white-clawed crayfish strategy for our area has been produced. If you are interested in understanding what needs to be done in order to tackle the problems we have then please click here. 

Wednesday 11th February 2015.

The 4th annual Essex WildlifeTrust volunteer open day was the best attended yet. With 80+ potential volunteers expressing interest in joining our survey team, we expanded our displays into an extra room to prevent us from running out of space.

Brief presentations about some of the survey opportunities available this year, from river and coastal surveys to butterfly transects and hedgerow surveys, were followed by the opportunity to chat to staff and existing volunteers and sign up for surveys and training. With nearly 60 volunteers signing up on the day for at least one survey, it looks like we are going to be in for a busy year!

Thank you also to our partners at the Essex Bat group, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Seasearch and the Essex Biodiversity Project for helping to make the day a success. Further details on all the surveys that we are planning this year and on training course dates will be available shortly.

Wednesday 11th February 2015.

A great meeting last night in Chappel, we now have a group of volunteers who will be monitoring the river and mink rafts that will be in place.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Saturday the 24th of January, societies from the University of Essex worked hard collecting 15 bags of rubbish from a highly littered area of the Colne near the University Campus. A group of 17 strong volunteers, organised by Torborg Rustand (President of the Environmental Protection Society), could be found picking up a range of rubbish including clothing, wood and plastics from the river bank.

After recently completing the river works at Little Waltham meadows, the Essex Biodiversity project have been working on a new river project; this time at Bocking Blackwater local nature reserve in Braintree.

Information provided by the Environment Agency:

On the 7 October 2014 we reported our finding of the Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) in the Wraysbury River and Wraysbury Reservoir in Staines. Further investigations have confirmed that the Quagga mussel is also present in the Warwick East Reservoir, Warwick West Reservoir and William Girling Reservoir, all located in the Lee Valley.

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EssexRiversHub RT @EssexSuffolkRT: #WildlifeWednesday: River Species The Kingfisher is a well known river bird, easy to recognise with its electric blue…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: We have been busy ensuring our aeration equipment is fully serviced and operational before the arrival of the storms f…
EssexRiversHub RT @EnvAgencyAnglia: Thunderstorms can often cause oxygen levels in rivers and fisheries to crash. This can cause serious problems for fis…

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