South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


Click here to download a PDF file of our events from September 2018 to May 2019.

May 2019

Saturday 25th May 12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Burnham Town Quay and Wallasea Marina 10 Minutes Earlier.
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 and teenagers £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 26th May 13.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Burnham Town Quay and Wallasea Marina 10 Minutes Earlier.
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 and teenagers £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!

Monday 27th May 14.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Burnham Town Quay and Wallasea Marina 10 Minutes Earlier.
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 and teenagers £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 30th May 13.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Burnham Town Quay and Wallasea Marina 10 Minutes Earlier.
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 and teenagers £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!

June 2019

Sunday 9th June 2019 10:00 to 12:00: Exploring RSPB Bowers Marsh
Each season brings something different down to the reserve. Join the RSPB experts in searching for seasonal highlights whilst learning about the history and future of Bowers. Free event, meet in the RSPB car park. Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620.

Saturday 15th June 2019: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Breeding birds of Wallasea 09:15 for 09:30 start. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620.
A walk around the lagoons and grasslands to find some of the many birds breeding on Wallasea taking advantage of the varied habitats provided. Our large gull and tern colony will be in full swing, a fantastic sight and sound.

Tuesday 18th 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. 

August 2019

Saturday 31st August 2019 11:30 for a 11:45 Start: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk -  Late Summer Stroll – Birds and Butterflies
By the end of August our breeding birds will all have youngsters on the wing and their ranks will be swelled by an increasing variety of migrants from further north already departing from their breeding grounds. With decent sunshine we may also see some of the resident and migrant butterflies like Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow. The walk is scheduled for about 2.5 hours but can be flexible depending on the group on the day, the weather and what wildlife we encounter on our stroll. The pace is gentle and attendees are encouraged to enjoy close up views through the leaders telescope to really appreciate what we see. Please note there are no facilities on the island as yet. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620

September 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Liz Huxley, The Naze - Beach, Birds, Blackberries and More
Highlighting the hidden wildlife of this popular area and the seasonal excitement of this east coast migration hotspot.

Saturday 28th September 2019 10:45 for a 11:00 Start: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk -  Autumn Migration Watch
September sees the peak of migration for our summer visitors with many young birds from across the UK and further north and east passing through and stopping to feed on the varied habitats across the island. The walk is scheduled for about 2.5 hours but can be flexible depending on the group on the day, the weather and what wildlife we encounter on our stroll. The pace is gentle and attendees are encouraged to enjoy close up views through the leaders telescope to really appreciate what we see. Please note there are no facilities on the island as yet. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620

October 2019

Wednesday 2nd October 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Chris Collins, The Birds of Guyana
This small S. American country is rarely visited by birdwatchers, despite having much to see. The talk visits two varied habitats - tropical forests and the savannahs.

Saturday 26th October 2019 09:30 for a 09:45 RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Start: Winter Visitors and Migrants
Late-October sees the last of the summer exodus and ever-growing numbers and variety of winter visitor arrivals. New birds appear on a daily basis, stopping to feed up after long migration journeys, whether staying for the winter or re-fueling before moving on south. The first wintering raptors may be moving in and there is a chance of weather related movements of skylarks, pipits and thrushes. The walk is scheduled for about 2.5 hours but can be flexible depending on the group on the day, the weather and what wildlife we encounter on our stroll. The pace is gentle and attendees are encouraged to enjoy close up views through the leaders telescope to really appreciate what we see. Please note there are no facilities on the island as yet. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620

November 2019

Wednesday 6th November 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Graham Ekins, Wildlife of New Zealand
This talk is the result of a 3-week trip to the coasts and forests of North and South Islands of N.Z. and includes a variety of birds from both these habitats. We will also see several species of whales and dolphins and the N.Z. fur seal.

Saturday 30th November 2019 12:30 for a 12:45 Start: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Winter is Coming - Wildfowl and Waders
In November our wintering flocks of wildfowl and waders are building up towards their winter peak and can be an impressive sight as they swirl around high tide roosts or feed at the edge of the saltmarsh. Flocks of farmland birds will be taking advantage of the wild bird cover for winter food and hopefully a few raptors will be around. The walk is scheduled for about 2.5 hours but can be flexible depending on the group on the day, the weather and what wildlife we encounter on our stroll. The pace is gentle and attendees are encouraged to enjoy close up views through the leaders telescope to really appreciate what we see. Please note there are no facilities on the island as yet. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620

December 2019

Wednesday 4th December 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Peter Holden, Birds - Their Hidden World
Looking at birds and their amazing lives - the sort of info that most bird books leave out!

Saturday 28th December 2019 12:45 for a 13:00 Start: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Mid Winter Mince Pie Special / Raptor Ramble
Our celebratory end of year Mince Pie special – a wander around Wallasea wide open spaces complete with a stop for mince pies and coffee or mulled wine to combat the winter cold as the sun drops. The walk focuses on the birds of prey that winter on Wallasea’s extensive rough grassland areas and aims to cover their time of peak activity through to late afternoon. Numbers and variety vary year on year depending on abundance of prey species but there is a chance of up to 9 species* making the most of the short days to hunt and we should encounter overwintering farmland birds like Skylark, Linnet and Corn Bunting in some numbers. The walk is scheduled for about 2.5 hours but can be flexible depending on the group on the day, the weather and what wildlife we encounter on our stroll. The pace is gentle and attendees are encouraged to enjoy close up views through the leaders telescope to really appreciate what we see. Please note there are no facilities on the island as yet. Suggested donation: £7 Adult, £6 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620

*Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Marsh and Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Short-eared and Barn Owl.

January 2020

Wednesday 8th January 2020: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Duncan MacDonald from Speyside - Yellowstone Park
Duncan will guide us through the seasons, beginning in the spring in Yellowstone and moving on to autumn also visiting Grand Teton - wolves, bears, bison, beavers and birds!.

February 2020

Wednesday 5th February 2020: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Nina DaRocha (RSPB), Saving the Albatross
Nina will talk on the work of the Albatross Task Force in reducing the number of these birds caught in fishing nets, in 5 countries across South America and Southern Africa. She will highlight some major successes and the ongoing work to stop population declines.

March 2020

Wednesday 8th January 2020: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Sue Schwar, Orsett Wildlife Hospital
A talk about the work of the hospital and the variety of animals and birds they treat.

April 2020

Wednesday 1st April 2020: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Conor Jameson, Looking for the Goshawk - The Lost Raptor
The natural history of this enigmatic bird of prey, how it lives, where it lives and why it might be missing from our lives. Conor wrote a book on his search for this bird, which won a Roger Deakin award.

May 2020

Wednesday 6th May 2020: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Alex Bass, The River Colne from Source to Sea
Following the route of the river Colne from its source, talking about the history and wildlife of villages and towns en route, including Halstead, Colchester, Wivenhoe, Brightlingsea and Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.


 

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 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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