Welcome to Uttlesford Wildlife.
This website is provided by Members of the Uttlesford Local Group of Essex Wildlife Trust to give information about the wildlife that can be found in the rural countryside of Uttlesford District, around and between Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Stansted in north-west Essex. To find our reserves and other sites of interest go to Places to Visit.
Although, in common with the rest of the country, this area has suffered from the impacts of development and intensive farming, there are still many places where rare species and attractive habitats can be found. The picture in our logo is Crested Cow-wheat, and Uttlesford is now one of the last parts of the UK where this species can be found. You can read more about this species on the Saffron Walden Museum website.
Ancient woodland with Oxlips, and chalk grassland roadside verges are specialities of the area. There are also marsh sites in our river valleys, and traditional orchards, all offering opportunities to see many wildflowers including orchids.
To keep us interested in our wildlife we have been plotting sightings of Swallows, Swifts and Cuckoos as seen by our volunteers in the area as the birds return on migration, and also Red Kites which are now a regular feature. locations and dates are on these maps.
December 2020 Update
Local Work Party
Winter is the season when a lot of the work on the nature reserves is carried out, and from December to March the Local Work Party will be working in our Ancient Woods at West Wood and Shadwell Wood. The Work Party meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to Noon and welcomes new volunteers. Current COVID-19 precautions mean that we have to limit numbers and register new volunteers, and if you would like to join us then please send an email to; firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be sent the registration pack to join the Uttlesford Work Party.
Our Local Group 2020 Annual General Meeting had to be cancelled, and it is not clear when an AGM can be arranged, but it may be March 2021. Please check this website from early March for news.
EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY
Earth Overshoot Day 2020 landed on August 22 more than 3 weeks later than last year. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. COVID-19 caused humanity’s Ecological Footprint to contract, demonstrating that shifting resource consumption patterns in a short timeframe is possible. However, true sustainability that allows all to thrive on Earth can only be achieved by design, not disaster. Read More here https://www.overshootday.org/newsroom/press-release-june-2020-english/
Help a Hedgehog today
Our gardens are an important habitat for Hedgehogs, which have suffered a massive population drop over the last few decades. Watch this cute video to see how to make your garden Hedgehog friendly. And if you are driving at night and see a Hedgehog on the road in front of you, stop the car and help it get to the side of the road !
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A set of photos taken in this area to show the changing seasons.
Autumn in the woodlands brings fungi. This Trooping Funnel was found in the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve at West Wood. Fungi do not have to be eaten, just enjoy them for how they look. You can use the Places to Visit section of this website to find nature reserves to visit. © Tony Morton