Recently Essex WIldlife Trust Biological Records Centre received funding from Caring for God's Acre to run a number of adult education courses as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Beautiful Burial Grounds project. The first of these courses covered the identification and surveying of veteran trees within the landscape.
The Essex Barn Owl Conservation project has contributed data to the "National State of the UK's Barn Owls" report for the second year running. The report suggests that 2017 was a good year for barn owls, with nesting occupancy 24% better in Essex than in 2016.
A new report by The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has found that almost a fifth of saproxylic beetle species are being pushed towards extinction due to loss of tree cover, putting them amongst the most threatened species groups in Europe.
A new report analysing data from 10 years fo water vole surveying has revealed that water vole distribution has declined dramatically during this time, with a 30% decline across the country. however, targeted conservation work in some counties has had positive effects on distribution in some areas, with Essex leading the way.
Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has recently secured funding from the Environment Agency to digitise historic river corridor data for Essex and make it available to others. This builds on our previous work to digitise old National Rivers Authority data and adds to our knowledge of the character of river catchments in Essex.