Essex Rivers Hub

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Sampling process information sheet


Please use the log in at the bottom of the page to access all of the resources that you may need as a river warden or as a riverfly monitor. If you are not a river warden/monitor then please see the information below. If you would like to become one then please contact us.

As part of the river warden project, we are looking for local residents to become volunteer river wardens. This would be a great way to get out and about and learn more about wildlife, your river and how to protect it. If you live near the river in your parish or regularly walk your dog along the river, perhaps you could become a volunteer river warden?

As a volunteer river warden, you would have a key role in monitoring a short stretch of your local river and reporting back information by:

  • Recording wildlife and river features – information which adds to our knowledge and helps to make good decisions about managing watercourses
  • Monitoring wildlife including plants, invertebrates, otters, water voles and mink – understanding trends and looking for changes
  • Recording and alerting on pollution incidents – it's vital to respond quickly
  • Recording invasive species particularly Himalayan Balsam and floating pennywort - so that action can be taken rapidly to deal with them
  • Reporting fly tipping and littering – its unsightly and threatens people, wildlife and fisheries
  • Recording localised flooding and other river issues which affect your community
  • Acting as a point of contact in parishes and communities about river initiatives, raising awareness about the environment and liaising with river user groups.

As a volunteer, you could commit as little or much time as you have available and choose the area that you would want to monitor, maybe working in pairs or small groups. Full training would be given to undertake surveys and monitoring, Health & Safety and to understand issues including pollution and sediment runoff. All the necessary equipment would be provided and you would be fully supported by Essex Wildlife Trust staff and the Catchment Partnership.

Newsletters - What has been happening with the River Warden Project

Warden Newsletter Winter 2016/17

Warden Newsletter June-July 2016

Warden Newsletter March-April 2016

Warden Newsletter January-February 2016

Warden Newsletter November-December 2015

Warden Newsletter September-October 2015

Warden Newsletter July-August 2015

Warden Newsletter May-June 2015

Warden Newsletter March-April 2015

Warden Newsletter January-February 2015


Information for New Wardens

What is the River Warden Project?

River Warden Survey Form




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