PondNet Spawn Survey 2017

PondNet Spawn Survey 2017

Our partner organisation the Freshwater Habitats Trust is asking volunteers to record sightings of frog and toad spawn in Essex using a simple recording form and online guide, as part of their PondNet survey programme.

 

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.

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