Essex Wildlife Trust

The Uttlesford Local Group of Essex Wildlife Trust runs a mobile Work Party that moves around the reserves as needed, carrying out the seasonal work that is needed to keep the reserves in good condition for wildlife.

Local Group Work Party

An active local workparty. copyright : Robert Bartlett

An active local workparty. © Robert Bartlett

The Local Group runs events on its reserves throughout the year, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and some Sunday mornings, which start at 9.30 a.m. and finish around lunchtime. You do not have to be a member of the Essex Wildlife Trust to come along to these events.

Details of work parties are posted here first as a list and then in calendar format.
NOTE; (see the ‘Places to Visit’ page for details of the locations)

If no event is shown for a specific date that means that no event is being held.

Calendar of Events

Here are the same events in calendar format; hover over an event for more details.

      1 2West Wood Nature ReserveWest Wood Nature ReserveTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
3 4
5 6 7Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
8 9Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
10 11
12 13 14Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
15 16Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
17 18
19 20 21Magazine Stuffing at QuendonMagazine Stuffing at QuendonTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
At Quendon Village Hall
22 23Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
24 25
26 27 28Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
29 30Shadwell WoodShadwell WoodTime: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Note that locations may change at short notice, check the website before you go, or phone the numbers below.

New volunteers are always welcome, just bring yourself and something to drink and eat, and wear clothes and shoes that can afford to get muddy.

Further details from Michael Rowley 01799 550378 or Paul Salvidge 01279 814153 or use the contact form at the foot of the Welcome page of this website.


This Essex Wildlife Trust reserve also has its own work party that meets on Sunday mornings through the Autumn and Winter to continue the coppice management which has been going on here since 1972. This regular cutting programme greatly increases the variety of habitats within the wood, and benefits a number of species, including the Oxlip, which this wood is noted for in particular.

The dates for Autumn 2017 / Winter 2018 are;

September; 10th and 24th;
October; 8th and 22nd;
November; 12th and 26th;

January; 14th and 28th;
February; 11th and 25th;
March; 11th and 25th;
April; 8th, and 22nd;

Times are from 9.30 a.m. to around 12.00 noon. Contact for further information.


This Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve has its own work party that meets on Sundays to carry out the regular maintenance that keeps the marsh in top condition.

Please See the Sawbridgeworth Marsh web Diary page