The March 2015 Riversearch Newsletter is available here.
If so the National Biodiversity Network would like to know about it!
There is a vast amount of data in paper format that is currently unused because it is not widely known about, or in a format that makes it difficult to access. At the moment, we do not even know how much data might be out there waiting to be discovered, or what it can tell us about wildilfe in our area. The NBN (National Biodiversity Network) would like to compile an inventory of this 'hidden' data, so that they can make a case for investing time and funding into making it more widely available.
If you have data that you would like to see digitised and shared let us know! For more information about the project, and to submit details of your dataset, please click here.
This exciting project was launched in 2013 to combat the rapid decline of wild Barn owl populations in Essex.
Now this Living Landscape project which is well-established and self-supporting is managed by more than fifty volunteers across Essex.
These dedicated individuals work with landowners and land managers across our county to restore, reconnect and recreate suitable hunting and breeding habitat for wild Barn Owls throughout Essex.
More than one hundred and fifty landowners and land managers have now been engaged in the project, resulting in ninety five nest boxes being installed, mapped and monitored on a regular basis by our licensed volunteers.
In addition, Corporate supporters are now sponsoring nest boxes and tree surgeons have offered their valuable time free-of-charge to assist with the installation of these twenty-two kilogram nest boxes in trees, barns and outbuildings.
The fantastic result of this unwavering collective support from volunteers, landowners, Corporate members and others is that last year several broods of Barn owls, including both owlets and adults were ringed at various locations across Essex.
2014 was a positive year for wild Barn owl populations across the United Kingdom due to a number of beneficial environmental factors and we are excited that these factors coupled with the continued growth of the Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project, will result in a further boost to wild Barn owl populations in Essex during 2015!
As this project continues to grow, more landowners and Corporate members are invited to get involved by hosting or sponsoring Barn Owl nest boxes.
For further information on how to assist with this important project please contact Emma Brogden, Living Landscapes Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01621 862954.
The first River Wardens Newsletter is available for download here.
The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have signed a new agreement with us to make their data available to Essex Wildlife Trust Biological records centre and our partners.
PTES has been helping to ensure a future for many endangered species throughout the world, since 1977. They have a special focus on British mammals (previously known as Mammals Trust UK) and coordinate the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.
Thank you to PTES for making their data available to us.