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Noak Bridge Nature Reserve Society



Mark Williams
BDC Countryside Services
tel - 01268 562921

Committee (2017-18)

David Braithwaite - Chair
Tony Garner - Treasurer
Laura Wright - Secretary
Ray Batty - Memberships
Alan Clements
Alan Frost
John O'Shea
Peter Steggles
Tina Steggles
Tim Wright
Jean Youé
BDC Countryside Services rep


New members are always welcome, and local households are encouraged to join the Society. For those who want to take a more active role there are opportunities to help out with the Society's activities.

Annual membership runs from 1 June through to 31 May.
£3.00  per household. Payment by cash or cheque.
(£1.50  concessionary  - retired, unemployed, disabled.)
Cheques payable to Noak Bridge Nature Reserve Society.

newsletter archive

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newsletter editor (2003-2010)  -  Janet Bircham
newsletter editor (2011-2018)  -  Ray Batty
newsletter editor (2018-)  -  David Braithwaite


The Society was formed in June 1999 as a result of many years of dedicated work and lobbying by founder-members striving to preserve the wildlife environment, ponds, meadows and trees around our homes as more and more of the land was acquired for housing. Due to their efforts our 20 acres have been secured as a local nature reserve for the forseeable future. Disabled access gates have been installed and there is an easy access trail on the lower level.

The Society is dedicated to assisting Basildon Council Countryside Services in the development and maintenance of the reserve. We host occasional walks throughout the year on specific themes. A voluntary work party with the Ranger takes place once a month. Notices about work parties and other events are published on notice boards and in the local shops. Members receive a newsletter four times a year.

The Annual General Meeting usually takes place in early July.

work parties

Willow Pond

These are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, January-November, from 1pm to 3pm. They are conducted by a ranger from BDC Countryside Services. Typical tasks include cutting back the sidegrowth along the walks, putting up and checking nesting boxes, coppicing to create woodland glades, cleaning up the ponds, conducting wildlife surveys, clearing rubbish and maintaining facilities (benches, paths, notices etc).

Members and non-members are encouraged to take part.

Meet at the Eastfield Road entrance.

Reports on work parties and other events are posted on our Facebook page. Older messages from December 2005 to April 2010, originally posted on the forum at Noakbridge.net, were moved to the Facebook discussion board, but this facility was discontinued. All our discussion board posts have been archived and may at some point be make available online again. A small number of posts made to the Noakbridge.net forum earlier than December 2005 can perhaps be found by diligently searching the Wayback Machine.

next work party

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 17th July 2018, starting at 1pm, (weather permitting - please check our Facebook page to make sure there isn't a last minute cancellation).

The schedule is still to be arranged but will no doubt include trimming back the sidegrowth along the paths and the usual litter pick.

All are welcome. Meet at the Eastfield Road entrance as usual.

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Thanks to John Pettitt for the photo of Willow Pond.
email contact - info@nbnrs.org.uk
last updated - 24 June 2018
URL - http://www.nbnrs.org.uk/society.html