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:
- Recording wildlife and river features - information which adds to our knowledge and helps to make good decisions about managing water courses.
- Monitoring wildlife including plants, invertebrates, otters, water voles and mink - understanding trends and looking for changes.
- Recording and alerting on pollution incidents - it's vital to respond quickly.
- Recording invasive species particularly - Himalayan Balsam and floating pennywort - so that action can be taken to rapidly deal with them
- Reporting fly tipping and littering - it's unsightly and threatens people, wildlife and fisheries.
- Recording localised flooding and other river issues which affect your communityActing as a point of contact in parishes and communities about river initiatives, raising awareness about the environment and liaising with other river groups
All of this helps us to learn more about our rivers which allows us to act quickly and effectively, providing the best possible protection for the wildlife that our rivers support.
If you would like to get involved with this scheme then please contact Emily Godfrey on firstname.lastname@example.org