South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


June 2018

Tuesday 19th June: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

Tuesday 19th June  12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 21st June  10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Saturday 23rd June 12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Sunday 24th June 13.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 26th June 10.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 28th June 11.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

EWT Event

Saturday 30th June 12.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

July 2018

Sunday 1st July 10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 3rd July 11.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 5th July 12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Saturday 7th July 10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Sunday 8th July 11.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 10th July 10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 12th July 11.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Saturday 14th July 12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Sunday 15th July 10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 17th July: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
Venue to be advised. A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

Tuesday 17th July 11.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 19th July 13.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Saturday 21st July 10.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Sunday 22nd July 12.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 24th July 10.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Thursday 26th July 11.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Saturday 28th July 12.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Sunday 29th July: – Rutland Water Meet
We hope to be on time to see freshly fledged young Osprey (as well as adults). Meet at Rutland Water NR, Egleton at 11am.

Sunday 29th July 13.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

Tuesday 31st July 10.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina and Burnham Town Quay 10 Minutes Later.
Weather and demand permitting, we explore the creeks around Foulness and Potton Island in search of the many varieties of bird life and the Common Seals. Adults £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (maximum 12 people). Call Steve on: 07748 653900 to book or email charterdiscovery@gmail.com. Note that, like the wildlife on the river, you will be exposed to the elements on these trips so warm clothing is essential!

August 2018

Tuesday 21st August: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
Venue to be advised. A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.
 

September 2018

Wednesday 5th September 2018: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Brian Gallop, Icelandic Saga
This talk will cover the natural history that Brian has found on the island, together with the fascinating volcanology and geology, as well as some history.

Tuesday 18th September: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

October 2018

Wednesday 3rd October 2018: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Joanne Loman, African Penguins
Jo is Education and Communications officer at Belfairs and took a 3 month sabbatical to undertake a Seabird Rehab and Care Internship at SANCCOB in Cape Town. This organisation supports the endangered African Penguin population in the area and also cares for a range of other seabirds. Jo will be talking about penguins in general but this talk is timed for African Penguin Awareness day in October.

Tuesday 16th October: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

November 2018

Wednesday 7th November 2018: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Gary Prescott, The Biking Birder
Gary will be talking about Green Birding, the growing interest in the sport, the reasons why people Green Bird and the most well-known participants. He will also talk about his 3 years of Biking Birder adventures, especially those years when he visited every RSPB and WWT Nature reserve in the U.K. - all 232 of them!

Tuesday 20th November: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

December 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Bill Coster, The Shetland Isles
Shetland is one of the most spectacular locations for wildlife and this presentation is a result of a month spent on the islands, photographing the birds and other wildlife, as well as the landscape of the most northern part of Britain. It features many familiar British seabirds and waders as they go about their business of raising young in a British summer.

Tuesday 18th December: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

January 2019

Wednesday 2nd January 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Simon Ginnaw, A Year on my Local Patch
Discover the charms and quirks behind watching a local patch and why everyone should have one! Simon has been visiting his local park since childhood and its wildlife has shaped his career to date. Enjoy a heartwarming journey through the seasons as you explore the park's history, beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

Tuesday 15th January: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders Meeting
A monthly self-help and support group for single ladies. We meet at the EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Meet at 10am if you would like a short walk or at 10:30 for a coffee and chat in the Centre. All single ladies are welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

February 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Colin Kirtland, The Birds of Gambia
The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa. It has a wealth of birdlife and a wide variety of habitats, from coastal lagoons and mangrove swamps to forest, wetlands and the Gambia river. This talk takes us from the coast to the eastern end of the country and includes local scenes and some of the people to be encountered there.

 

March 2019

Wednesday 6th March 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Jonathan Forgham, The Birds of Hel
Jonathan will take us on a wander along the 25 ml long Hel peninsula in N. Poland. Lying between the Baltic and Gdansk Bay, it is geographically interesting as, in places, it is no more than 100 metres wide. It is a bird migration hotspot. Jonathan has recorded more than 80 species on this walk, including birds unusual or rare in the U.K., such as goshawk, black and middle-spotted woodpeckers and many overwintering seabirds.

 

April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Emma Stobart, Operation Turtle Dove
Turtle dove numbers in the U.K. have declined by 91% since 1995. We will be looking at some of the factors behind their decline, the research being done in the U.K. and along the flyway as they travel to Sub-Saharan Africa in winter and focusing on the work O.T.D. is doing with farmers and landowners in the U.K. to give these birds the best chance of recovery.

 

May 2019

Wednesday 1st May 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Neil Coe, Point Pelee and Northern Michigan
Point Pelee is a long stretch of land jutting out from the northern shore of Lake Erie, pointing south to the American southern shore. As well as other bird species, there are 36 species of breeding warblers to be found. Neil has a great story to tell of his adventures, both humorous and otherwise, as well as some stunning photographs to share with us.


 

Notes on Meetings and Field Trips
Indoor meetings from September 2016 will be held at The EWT Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR. Note: turn down small road directly on the bend by the the three flagpoles. Map reference TQ 831 874. Doors open at 19.30 for a 20.00 start. Entrance fee £3.00 for members. Suggested donation of £4 for non members. See http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs for directions.

Coach Trips:
All coach trips commence at The White Horse, Lifstan Way, Southend-on-Sea at the time stated on this page. Pick-up points are at The Bell Hotel, Prince Avenue, Kent Elms Corner, Westleigh School, Thames Drive, and Hadleigh Church and Halfords at Rayleigh Weir. Bookings should be made through Cath Williams at one of the indoor meetings.

The RSPB Southend Local Group organises coach trips to nature reserves and other sites that permit access to the public, sometimes for an entrance fee or donation Please read the following guidelines:

Ensure that you have suitable warm/waterproof clothing and footwear. If you have any medical condition which may put you at risk, please inform the organiser when booking and they will advise you on the suitability of the itinerary/excursion. Ensure that you have any medications required for the day. Please Note: Payments for trips to be paid in full when booking. Cheques should be made payable to "RSPB South East Essex Local Group". Packed lunches and suitable footwear are essential and waterproof clothing advisable, preferably dull.

Field Meetings:
Generally these are intended as short outings of 2-3 hours duration at sites in the local area or within short travelling distance. If the weather is fine and the "birding" good the walk may be extended; it is up to the individuals how long they stay. Occasionally, to provide variety, some locations a little further afield may be chosen.
In the winter months it is essential to wear clothing (preferably dull colours) and footwear to suit the prevailing weather conditions.
Transport is not provided.

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