COULD YOU BE AN EWT RIVER WAR­DEN?

Essex Life - - Essex Wildlife -

ES­SEX Wildlife Trust is look­ing for new vol­un­teer river war­dens, par­tic­u­larly in south Es­sex.

Vol­un­teer war­dens walk the county’s river banks to col­lect in­for­ma­tion about a river and its vicin­ity, in­clud­ing land use, bio­di­ver­sity, in­va­sive species, pol­lu­tion in­ci­dents and more. The data is then col­lated and recorded by Es­sex Wildlife Trust’s con­ser­va­tion team, who use this data to de­ter­mine if or how is­sues can be fixed. War­dens can con­trib­ute as much or as lit­tle time as they like and can choose ex­actly what it is they would like to mon­i­tor and where.

The Es­sex River War­dens Project was es­tab­lished last year by the Es­sex Rivers Hub, an ini­tia­tive hosted by Es­sex Wildlife Trust to col­lect im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about our rivers but also to get peo­ple out en­joy­ing our fan­tas­tic wa­ter­ways.

More than 140 vol­un­teers are al­ready help­ing, cov­er­ing close to 150 miles of rivers. Mul­ti­ple pol­lu­tion in­ci­dents have been pre­vented or iden­ti­fied, in­va­sive species are be­ing tack­led, com­mu­nity groups have been formed and hun­dreds of hours of train­ing have been com­pleted. Equip­ment and fund­ing is now in place, so that new vol­un­teers can be trained.

The trust is also ex­pand­ing this project to the coast with an Es­sex Coastal War­dens Project and a va­ri­ety of train­ing cour­ses in spring 2016.

To get in­volved as a river or coastal war­den, please con­tact Emily God­frey at emi­lyg@es­sexwt.org.uk. For more in­for­ma­tion on th­ese projects and to find out more about your lo­cal rivers, visit the www.es­sexriver­shub.org.uk or fol­low @Es­sexRiver­sHub on Twit­ter.

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