Essex Biodiversity Project
Celebrating our annual achievements
Annual Reports and Meetings
Reports are produced annually and can be downloaded from the links below.
Download Annual Report 2002-2003 (pdf 1042 KB)
Download Annual Report 2003-2004 (pdf 1379 KB)
Download Annual Report 2004-2005 (pdf 1269 KB)
Download Annual Report 2006-2007 (pdf 2000 KB)
Download Annual Report 2007-2008 (pdf 4.7 MB)
Download Annual Report 2009-2010 (pdf 1.9MB)
Download Annual Report 2011-2012 (pdf 11.7MB)
2012 Annual Celebration Event
The Essex Biodiversity Project held its 2012 Annual Celebration event on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at the Essex Records Office Chelmsford. This covers the period from the last meeting in late 2010, and includes all of 2011 and the first months of 2012. The 2011 Report can be downloaded from here (PDF 11.7MB).
The report sets out the wide range of work carried out by the project over this period, and looks forward to the latest areas of work. Foremost at present is work to deliver Water Framework Directive (WFD). Teams are mapping areas of river corridor degraded by siltation, channel morphology or pollution. By identifying what needs doing and where this work will underpin a major funding bid by the partnership to address issues in failing watercourses and meet objectives under WFD. The new Essex Biodiversity Action Plan is streamlined concentrating on habitats with clear creation and restoration targets. This key information informs the targeting of the new Essex Biodiversity Offsetting pilot, targeting actions for Living Landscape work and prioritizes actions on Local Wildlife Sites (LoWS).
The Quality of Life Award Winner - Reg Arthur
People that knew Reg, who died at his home in St Osyth on 8th June 2011, have experienced a deep sense of loss. He was an inspirational character to all of those who were lucky enough to work with him at Essex Wildlife Trust. In his last hours he had been advising neighbours about wild plants in their garden, talking to people about moth identification and meticulously scanning proposals for a major development proposal in his parish that threatened wildlife. Reg who was born in Wickford, moved to St Osyth before the second world war. At the age of 18 he founded the St Osyth bird Club, having already set up a Heligoland bird ringing trap in St Osyth, and he started wardening Little Terns and his favourite, Ringed Plovers at Lee Wick; later to become Colne Point EWT nature reserve. In 1956 he became the seasonal warden of the bird observatory on Bardsey Island in west Wales, where he often spent nights tending migrating birds which had collided with the lighthouse. He later became the Nature Conservancy Council warden for Newborough Warren on Anglesey. Reg returned to Essex in 1977, amid the plans for a major airport at Foulness, as the Officer for the Thames Estuary, before retiring in 1999, to become warden of the newly acquired Howlands Marsh Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. He directed details of site management and kept detailed wildlife records. Reg will be remembered for his generosity, his wide knowledge of natural history and his long experience of conservation matters, which made him the first person to consult on moths, the historic record, and the details of wildlife law.
2010 Annual Celebration event
The Essex Biodiversity Project held its 2010 Annual Celebration event on Friday 12th November 2010 at the Wat Tyler Centre, Basildon. The Annual Report can be dowloaded from the section above. Details of presentations can be downloaded from below.
2010 Keynote Address (18.2MB PPT)
The Ecosystem Approach (2.6MB PPT) A presentation from Diana Pound.
The draft for the new Orchards Habitat Action Plan (5.3MB)
Annual Award Presentation (5.64 MB) to Ray Tabor for his work on re-establishing the Oxlip.
Awards were also presented by the Chair of EBP, Steve Plumb, to the other nominees for the Annual Award; Michael Rowley for the work of the Uttlesford group of Essex Wildlife Trust, Bob Reed for the work of the Hatfield Forest volunteers, Andrew Tomlins for the work of Harlow Conservation Volunteers, Robin Cotrill for the Friends of Cockaynes Wood, John Dobson for his work on mammal conservation, Sharon Hosegood for D F Clarke Bionomique Ltd and work at Friday Wood north, and Simon Leatherdale for his work on woodland conservation.
The Ten Year Celebration 2009
The Essex Biodiversity Project celebrated its ten years of existence at its Celebration Meeting at the Essex Record Office on July 3rd 2009, attended by 60 people. The Annual Report tells the story of the achievements of the project to date. and can be donwloaded from the link below. You can also see the five presentations made at the meeting.
The Meeting heard a talk from Paul Wilkinson of the Wildlife Trusts about the Living Landscapes Initiative, which will be the focus of the Wildlife Trusts movement and the Essex Biodiversity Project in the coming years. This looks at the wider countryside around existing wildlife sites of all kinds and aims to create a landscape that is good for wildlife as well as supporting people.
Paul Hewitt spoke about good practice in a local authority.
The Essex Biodiversity Quality of Life Award was presented to the Friends of Tiptree Heath for their committment and work in the restoration of the heath.
Celebrating 10 years of the Essex Biodiversity Project - Mark Iley (11.4MB)
EBP Annual Report 2008 (4.7MB)
Supplementary Report : Essex County Council biodiversity work 2008
Epping Forest Countrycare - Paul Hewitt (7.07MB)
How it all fits together - Mark Iley (6.31MB)
Living Landscapes - Paul Wilkinson (6.03MB)
Tiptree Heath - Mark Iley (1.46MB)