Walk, run, cycle or hop for the amazing Essex coast

Short-snouted seahorse Paul Naylor

Join the Essex Coastal Challenge team to help raise vital funds for the wildlife in Essex

Are you passionate about the Essex coast and the wildlife in Essex? Take part in the Essex Coastal Challenge to celebrate and protect this wonderful habitat that many of us are so lucky to have right on our doorstep.  

The 350-mile Essex coastline has everything from 70-foot-high cliffs and meandering marshes to wildlife-rich tidal mudflats and a variety of sandy and shingle beaches. It is also home to a whole array of wildlife including two species of seal, the rare native oyster, catsharks, hermit crabs, harbour porpoises and even the short-snouted seahorse that resides in the Thames.

When you sign-up to the Essex Coastal Challenge 2021 you will receive your very own Challenge Pack, with top tips on how to fundraise for the wildlife charity, access to a friendly community Facebook group and an exclusive medal with this year’s ribbon. During August, you’ll learn all about Essex’s stunning coastline even if you’ve chosen to complete your challenge in your local area or from home; Essex Wildlife Trust will keep you inspired and motivated throughout.

Last year, Essex residents took part in our first ever virtual fundraising challenge event, celebrating our stunning 350-mile coastline and all of the wildlife that call it home. They ran, cycled, paddled and walked – some of you in impressive fancy dress – and together raised an incredible £14,435 for wildlife. So, dig out all the blue items in your wardrobe, dust off your running shoes, rust off your squeaky bikes and join the team for the 2021 Essex Coastal Challenge this August.

There are set challenges to get involved with or you can tailor your challenge to suit your own fitness level, the time available to you and the date you would like to complete it. You could even base your challenge around the number 350, to celebrate Essex’s enormous 350-mile coastline.

Nature needs our help now more than ever, and your support means we can keep working to protect wildlife for the future. Join the 2021 team and do something amazing for wildlife. Sign up today.