COULD YOU BE AN EWT RIVER WARDEN?
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 email@example.com. 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.