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NBN Award Winners

The Essex Wildlife Trust River Wardens have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Lynne Farrell Group Award at the National Biodiversity Network Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

The NBN national award scheme was established in partnership with the Biological Records Centre and the National Forum for Biological Recording. The awards are presented annually to individuals or organisations that are making outstanding contributions to biological recording and improving our understanding of the natural world. This year for the first time an additional category to recognise groups of people that have contributed to biological recording was added.

Two volunteer wardens from the Essex Wildlife Trust River Warden Scheme collected the award on behalf of the group and its coordinators at a reception held at the National Museums Scotland. Thanks to all of our River Wardens for for making the scheme such a success.

Essex Wildlife Trust wanted to show their member the excellent work the River Wardens are doing across Essex by asking a few Wardens from across the county to share their views on the project and get some photos of them in action.

Last year we reported our concerns for the only known river population of the native White-clawed Crayfish in Essex.

Here is an account from Wivenhoe Canoe and Kayak Club about how they joined forces with Rivercare to improve the Colne.

Wivenhoe Canoe and Kayak Club

 

Friday 24th June 2016

The Stroud District Council recently produced an informative film detailing the technical principles of Natural Flood Management on small streams and their catchments. Various techniques and designs are explored, with the aim of maximising benefits for biodiversity and water quality, whilst reducing the risks of flooding. The film can be found here, in the 'Videos' section of the Essex Rivers Hub.

 

Wednesday 25th May 2016

The elusive sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus, is perhaps the oldest known vertebrate, without having changed much in the last 360 million years. As with many other species, human activity has had negative impacts on their reproductive behaviour and thus their population in many habitats. However, lampreys are beginning to reappear in the Great Ouse, Trent, Derwent and Wear rivers due to conservation efforts to retain their status.

You can read more about these fascinating creatures here, in an interesting article published by the Guardian. 

 

Wednesday 25th May 2016

On Sunday, 01 May 2016, 8 people from or related to Halstead, including town councillor Eileen Penn, set out to continue clearing the waste from humans out of the River Colne. This was following on from the clean up on 12 March. The aim was to extend their reach with people actually going into the river to collect the embedded rubbish along with the bags stuck in overhanging trees. Neil Williams came in his waders which was very useful. He did the whole walk in the water. The group was equipped with a range of rakes, grappling hooks, litter pickers, a poop scoop and lots of bin bags with thanks to Halstead Auto Electrics and Essex Wildlife Trust. The journey started at Parsonage Street Bridge and moved slowly along the riverside walk in a downstream direction.  

We have just added some new Case Studies produced by Cheshire Wildlife Trust giving advice and guidance to businesses and householders on reducing their impact on the water environment. These can be found in the Case Studies section under 'Householders' and 'Farmers and Landowners'.

We have also added some information about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to the Factsheets section. This has been produced by Essex County Council and gives some explanation of what SuDS are and help with implementing them.

 

Tuesday 10th May 2016

If you spend any time in Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park in Rochford you might notice some additions to the river (Nobles Green Ditch, a tributary of the River Roach), which flows through it.

River basin management plans set out the priorities for protecting and improving the water environment to achieve benefits for the economy and to people's health and wellbeing.

These plans form an important part of the collaborative and integrated approach to catchment planning for water.

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