Rivers all across Essex are in desperate need of regular monitoring and we are in great need of as much data as possible to help us to understand how best to manage these rivers.
This is why the river warden's scheme has been put into place.This scheme allows volunteers to get involved by regularly walking a stretch of river. Whilst doing this the river warden's are asked to do the following:
Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has been awarded funding from the NBN Trust to digitise the data from the Environment Agency on riverine habitats in Essex. This funding is part of a larger bid to the Government's Release of Data Fund, which aims to tackle the so called "Data - Deficit Disorder" whereby lack of knowledge about the natural world leads to undervaluing of natural resources, and bad decision making when considering ecological impacts.
100 million records help create one of the largest wildlife databases in the world
A wildlife database launched just a decade ago has reached its 100 millionth record, making it one of the biggest in the world.
This online resource, the National Biodiversity Network Gateway, has grown rapidly, from its prototype beginnings when 100,000 records were available in the late 1990s, to 20 million records in 2006, 50 million in 2010 and now to a staggering 100 million species records from across the United Kingdom.
Local planning authorities (LPA's) in England will be able to assess whether a proposed development is likely to affect the country's 4,128 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) thanks to a simple-to-use online tool produced by Natural England.
The Impact Risk Zones (IRZs) dataset is a GIS tool which maps zones around each SSSI according to the particular sensitivities of the features for which it is notified and specifies the types of development that have the potential to have adverse impacts.
The Essex Rivers Hub was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust, funded through the Environment Agency and includes a wide range of partners from many sectors across the catchment. This has formed one of a number of Catchment Partnerships in England, set up to support and take forward activities relating to the Water Framework Directive.
Partnership website: http://www.essexrivershub.org.uk/