Essex River Wardens win national award!

River Wardens Mary Tayler (L) and Laura Millar with the Lynne Farrell NBN Group Award. Photo:EWT

The Essex Wildlife Trust River Wardens are 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.

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.

Hedgerows as part of a Living Landscape

Hedgerow at Layer Marney Tower. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Hedgerows are an important part of the English landscape and provide a number of essential functions, acting as boundary markers; resource providers; shelters and screens as well as a habitat for other wildlife. Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex Biodiversity Project have been surveying hedgerows in some of our Living Landscape areas, to find out how hedgerows vary in character throughout Essex, whether they are in good condition overall, and if not, what needs to be done to improve them.

Essex Sea Bass monitoring and tagging project

Sea Bass with tag. Photo: Essex Sea bass project.

The backwaters and rivers of Essex and Suffolk provide ideal conditions for juvenile Sea Bass to feed and grow. However Bass populations have fallen dramatically in the last few years due to over fishing adult stock and two harsh winters a few years ago. Essex Wildlife Trust has been working with recreational sea anglers, Cefas, the University of Essex, the Kent & Essex IFCA, and the Environment Agency to monitor the Bass population and discover what areas of the coast are used by this species at different times of year.

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