What's on in Braintree

Braintree Local Group organise a programme of events such as nature reserve open days, evening talks, visits to local nature reserves and work parties.

All events are open to non members.

What's on in Braintree

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Braintree Local Group

Brookes nature reserve by Peter Boyden

Essex Wildlife Trust's Braintree Local Group runs a range of activities, depending on what our members are interested in doing. At the moment we are concentrating on walks, to learn more about our local area. Our current fundraising, through donations at events, is aimed towards providing natural seating in Brooks Reserve, near Stisted. Among volunteering opportunities available is River Monitoring, which includes reviewing waterway pollution using 'riverfly' techniques.

Group AGM 2017

The unconfirmed minutes of the AGM held on 21 March 2017 can be found in the link below. If anyone is interested in volunteering to become Treasurer, please contact a member of the Committee.

The new committee is as follows:

Arleen Houlding - Chairman Tel: 01787 272862 email
Marion May - Secretary Tel: 07951 700751 email 
Julia Todd - Treasurer 01376 585775 email 
Ian Hill email
Christine Burden email
Derek Chavner email
Tracey Kay email

Wildlife Walks

Due to an apparent preference to outside events over inside ones we are now holding outside activities only. We are looking for people who have favourite walks that they would like to share with others. Please contact Tracey Kay if you would like to lead a walk. It can either be  a general walk in a particular area or it can be a themed walk looking at specific items.

Brookes nature reserve

This 60-acre site comprises more than 40 acres of ancient woodland, the rest being former arable fields, part of which have been planted up with native trees.

There are many wildflowers to be enjoyed and a wide variety of butterflies.

Over the last year we have been pleased to use Brookes as our base for themed walks. See newsletters for the write ups and the link below about the reserve.

Find out more about Brookes nature reserve


River Monitoring: Members of the Braintree Group are working with Essex Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency to monitor the local rivers. Currently the River Colne is being monitored in Halstead by two people and upstream from here a group in Hedingham is starting up. There are two methods being used. The river is regularly viewed in a number of places and reported on for such things as river level, water flow, and flora and fauna in the river, on the river banks and surrounding areas. In addition the river is being tested for pollution by getting into the water and checking the invertebrates. As an extension to this Halstead is reviewing all water sources in the town and surrounding district as part of a county project. For all of this more volunteers are needed.

If you would like to get involved with River Monitoring contact Jane Giffould on 01787 476700 or email


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