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South East Essex



The South East Essex Conservation Volunteers (SEECV) carries out practical nature conservation projects every other Sunday throughout the year. We regularly visit sites such as Hadleigh Country Park, Rayleigh Mount, Lion Creek Nature Reserve (nr. Canewdon) and Dodd’s Grove (Belfairs).


Typical tasks undertaken include pathwork, fencing, coppicing, hedgelaying, scrub clearance, pond work and meadow management. In fact, anything from building a kissing gate, to erecting bird boxes and planting trees. We also attend publicity events such as Two Tree Island Open Day.

So, if you enjoy the great outdoors, why not come along and join us? It’s a great way to keep fit, learn new skills and make new friends. It’s also good fun and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too.

Who are we?
The South East Essex Conservation Volunteers (SEECV) is a group that is part of the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) Community Network. It was formed in 1987 to undertake practical conservation projects in South East Essex and has a membership of people who enjoy and want to manage local conservation areas. Since its inception much work has been completed at numerous sites throughout the area. Regular sites currently worked at include Hadleigh Castle Country Park, the National Trust’s Rayleigh Mount, Finches Nature Reserve (Canewdon), two EWT (Essex Wildlife Trust) reserves in Canewdon and St. Mary’s Nature Area (Shoebury). Typical projects undertaken include both habitat management and creation, together with work that improves access to the countryside (e.g. woodland work, hedgelaying, path maintenance, litter clearance, pond improvement, fencing, stile construction and scrub/meadow management). In fact, a work day could include anything from removing a shopping trolley from a pond, to creating a wildlife garden in a school, building a dipping platform, putting up nest boxes, planting trees or building an island!

When do we meet?
Normally, every other Sunday at 10:00 until about 16:00. However, everyone is welcome to come and go as they please, and work as much or as little as they want. Details of sites and meeting places can be found in the task programme.

What will I need?
Old clothes, stout footwear/wellingtons, gardening gloves, waterproofs, sun protection, packed lunch and drink, etc. All necessary tools, training and insurance are provided. Inoculation against tetanus is strongly advised.

How much will it cost?
There is an annual subscription of £3.00 to cover the cost of insurance, tools, postage, etc. Subscription will guarantee the receipt of the task programmes issued throughout the year. You do not need to be a member before attending tasks.

Why should I come along?
To improve your local environment.
To have an enjoyable day out in the countryside.
To meet new people.
To learn more about wildlife and conservation management.
…..AND lots, lots more!…..

Everyone is welcome from school age upwards. However, children under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian. Any help whatsoever is appreciated, whether practical or financial.

More Information
SEECV website:
Tel: 01702 258492 (Julian)
SEECV, c/o Charnwood, Anchor Lane, Canewdon, Rochford, Essex, SS4 3PB
Membership: Download the membership form

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