Useful Links


East of England Biodiversity Forum

The purpose of the East of England Biodiversity Forum is to help formulate co-ordinated policies and encourage action plans that reflect national biodiversity policies at every level. the Forum's three overarching goals are; i. the securing of a resilient environment so that adaptations to climate change are smoothed, ii. a demonstration that people in the East of England benefit from its biodiversity, iii. enabling biodiversity to be perceived to be at the heart of regional policy-making. To achieve these ends the Biodiversity Forum pursues seven vital and interrelated tasks - - influencing policy from the local to the national level - overseeing the mapping of biodiversity - producing a biodiversity audit - establishing biodiversity targets - encouraging projects - supporting local action - communicating success and good practice

Environment Agency

An Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles.

Essex Amphibian and Reptile Group

Amphibian and reptile recording, pond creation and restoration, and managing nature conservation sites in the county. People can send an email to or phone the chair Ray Cranfield 01702 540600 or Ian Bradley (West Essex) 07903979882 for details on how to get involved.

Essex and Suffolk Water

Providers of water and sewerage services, and also owners and manamgers of many reservoirs. Operates its own environmental and biodiversity programme.

Essex Badger Protection Group

Works in close co-operation with the local police and carry out regular patrols to monitor badger setts. Other activities include conducting area surveys of the badgers' habitat when threatened by highway and building projects, the rehabilitation of sick and injured badgers and giving advice regarding badgers in gardens.

Essex Bat Group

An active group with a useful website, including a bat mitigation guide for developers

Essex Birdwatching Society

The county bird society for Essex, collates data on the status of birds within Essex including much of N.E. London, and organises a range of activities including talks, bird censuses and surveys.

Essex County Council

Environmental Issues are one of the functions of the Council, and  Place Services is the name of the Department that carries out this work, and it has a page on Ecology

Essex Field Club

A source for biological records in the county and has an A to Z species index on its Essex Biodiversity section, with species distribution information on its County Data section.

Essex Wildlife Trust

Owns and manages a network of nature reserves throughout the County and operates a biological records scheme. Runs a multitude of projects to manange restore and create habitats for biodiversity.

Saffron Walden Museum

The Museum holds biological records for the district and also organises botanical surveys to support the managment of the special roadside verges. Has an excellent Natural History Discovery Centre featuring local habitats and species.

Uttlesford Badger Group

Rescues and rehabilitates injured badgers and releases them back to the wild. Report any sightings of injured or dead badgers in this area to them.

Writtle College

Writtle is one of the oldest and largest specialist institutes in the UK and offers a range of courses in a number of subject areas covering Animal and Equine Sciences, Conservation, Countryside, Sport, Horticulture, Veterinary Nursing, Agriculture and Floristry. Writtle College is a partner of Essex Biodiversity Project and has worked on biodiversity projects such as Water Vole monitoring.