Essex Wildlife Trust welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake project work, and from other interested volunteers. We have a variety of potential projects available, from short term projects that would suit students looking for dissertation work, to longer term monitoring and group projects. We also welcome applications from students with their own project ideas.

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Please contact us if you are interested in a particular project, or if you have a project idea.

Partnership projects

Orchards East is an exciting new HLF funded project to survey orchards in the East of England region. Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre is working with other records centres in the region to map and survey known orchard sites as part of this three year project.

Wildflower meadow in Stebbing, Essex.

Essex Wildlife Trust has been working with the invertebrate conservation charity Buglife on their B-Lines initiative, identifying and developing wildflower-rich habitats across Essex as part of a national network for pollinators.

Brimstone butterfly. Photo: Jim Higham

The Blackwater Estuary is a key Living Landscape area within Essex. Through this Living Landscape and in partnership with Maldon District Council and Butterfly Conservation, Essex Wildlife Trust is taking forwards the Brimstones and Buckthorn Campaign

This aims to create “corridors” through strategic planting of Buckthorn plants, to allow existing Brimstone populations to expand into the District’s gardens, parks, and allotments.  Buckthorn shrubs are the sole food plant of the Brimstone butterfly. Have you seen a Brimstone this year? Let us know!