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.

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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. Among other volunteering opportunities available there is River Monitoring, which includes reviewing waterway pollution using 'riverfly' techniques.

Group AGM 2018

The unconfirmed minutes of the AGM held on 27 March 2018 can be found in the link below.

Anyone interested in volunteering to become Outdoor Events Coordinator, 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
Michael Hughes email
Alice Tustian email

Wildlife Walks

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.

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 four river wardens, upstream from here there is a group in Hedingham. 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. The river is being tested for pollution by getting into the water and checking the invertebrates. There are mink rafts upstream and downstream of Halstead to check for mink and river wardens keep a watch out for otters. In addition the river wardens are part of the River Cleaning group which meets at 10.00 on the First Sunday of each month in the Sainsburys carpark.
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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