Preserving the environment for native and migratory wildlife
Whether it is preserving the memory of the elm tree, the loss of which to disease since 1967 has meant so much to the landscapes of the Vale, or charting the gradual resurgence over the years of the otter and polecat, the Society's newsletters are the place to go to understand the Vale's wildlife and how it has changed over time.
The river Stour used to see migratory fish such as sea trout as far up as Dedham Mill until the 1950s and probably until the tidal flood barrage was built at Cattawade In 1971. One of 15lbs was caught in the eel trap at Dedham mill in 1942. The eel is something else that has fallen drastically in abundance in the past few decades for unexplained reasons.
In the interests of wildlife, our society has campaigned to preserve the tranquility of the river from powered craft and to prevent lights from disturbing wildlife at night. We have also called for the preservation of orchards and the creation of 'pollinator patches' in villages. We also campaign against the annual massacre of wildflowers on the verges by local authority mowers.