Essex Rivers Hub

River Colne projects

This map shows the current projects; potential, in progress and completed, for the River Colne. Hover over a number to see a project summary, click on the number to see the full project details.

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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

River Colne data on the NBN Atlas

Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre received funding from the Environment Agency in late 2017 to digitise river corridor survey data for the River Colne and a number of tributaries along the catchment.

The River Colne is an asset for wildlife and water through Essex, however it is known to have low flows and low dissolved oxygen levels at certain times of the year.  This can affect fish, insects and other aquatic wildlife. Planting trees along the river can help to reduce these impacts by creating shading which results in cooler water temperatures and higher dissolved oxygen levels.

Water vole release pen on the riverbank

This is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and DP World, with the assistance of Colchester Borough Council, The Woodland Trust and numerous private landowners along the River Colne from Halstead to Colchester.

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Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust