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.
The State of UK bat populations has improved in recent years according to to a new report published by the Bat Conservation Trust.
Natural England and the Forestry Commission have published updated Standing Advice on Ancient Woodlands and Veteran Trees.
Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has recently been working with other records centres in the East of England region to map and survey known orchard sites as part of a three year lottery funded project. The first phase of the Orchards East project involved mapping historic orchard sites from the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps of the early 20th Century. In total over 4,000 historic orchard sites were identified in Essex.