South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


*Download a pdf of all the RSPB South East Essex Local Group 2017 - 2018 events here.

September 2017

Monday 25th September: Two Tree Island Walk
Meet at 9am in the car park. Cross narrow bridge over the creek and park on the left. High tide 16.28. All welcome.

Tuesday 26th 12.00: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina.
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 £20, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £200 (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 13.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina.
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 £20, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £200 (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 30th 12.30: Discovery Charter Seal Trip Leaving from Wallasea Marina.
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 £20, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £200 (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!

October 2017

Wednesday 4th October: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Chris Collins "Birds of the Russian Far East"
This Is Chris' most popular talk and includes photos of spoon-billed sandpipers, Stellar's Sea-Eagle, Tufted Puffin and Ribbon Seal.

Monday 9th October: Wat Tyler/Vange Marsh Walk
Meet at 10am in Wat Tyler CP Pitsea behind the Visitor Centre. All welcome.

Sunday 15th October: Coach Trip to RSPB Dungeness
Cost £15. Coach leaves Southchurch Blvd at 07.20 and picks up at further points. Entrance fee for non-RSPB members. To book, call Cath Williams on (01702) 293357.

Saturday 21st October 2017: RSPB Wallasea Wildlife Wander RSPB Wallasea Wildlife Wander Octoberfest
Mid-October sees the tail end of the summer exodus and the start of winter visitor arrivals with new birds arriving on a daily basis, all stopping to feed up before moving on south. The first wintering raptors may be moving in and possibly some cold weather movements of skylarks, pipits and thrushes. Walk will last between 2 to 2.5 hrs. Booking is essential as limited numbers, suggested donation £5. Please call our Wat Tyler Office on: (01268) 559158.

Sunday 22th October: Canvey Seafront Walk
Proceed on to Canvey from Benfleet. From the first roundabout take the first left (B1014). Follow this road through High Street until it becomes Point Road. At the very end turn right in to Beveland Road and park towards the end. Walk up the bank to the point. Postcode SS8 7QU. Meet at 11am-High tide 1450. All welcome.

November 2017

Wednesday 1st November: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Duncan MacDonald, Speyside Wildlife
Speyside Wildlife is a company offering holidays to watch wildlife in Scotland and this talk shows the variety of birds and animals visitors can expect to see.

Monday 13th November: RSPB Bowers Marsh Walk
Meet at 10am. From Southend, travel along the A13 towards the M25. Take the A130 Canvey Island exit and at the roundabout follow signs for Pitsea B1464. Postcode SS13 2HG. All welcome.

Saturday 18th November 2017: RSPB Wallasea Wildlife Wander 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. Walk will last between 2 to 2.5 hrs. Booking is essential as limited numbers, suggested donation £5. Please call our Wat Tyler Office on: (01268) 559158.

Sunday 26th November: EWT Ingrebourne Valley Walk
Meet at 10am. From Southend on the A127 go past the M25 turnoff. After approx. 3-4miles turn left onto Wingletye Lane. At the first roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ravenscourt Grove. Turn left into Suttons Lane and drive to Squadrons Approach. The reserve is a little further along the road. Postcode RM12 6TS (close by). All welcome.

December 2017

Monday 4th December: Paglesham Lagoon Walk
Meet at 10 am in the layby opposite the Trout fishery at Great Stambridge- Postcode SS4 2AX. All Welcome.

Wednesday 6th December: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Bill Baston "Goa"
Goa is India's smallest state and offers a variety of habitats. Bill will show us some of the may colourful and exotic birds that can be enjoyed.

Saturday 16th December 2017: RSPB Wallasea Wildlife Wander Raptor Ramble
A walk focusing on the birds of prey that winter on Wallasea’s extensive rough grassland areas. Numbers and variety vary year on year depending on abundance of prey species but there is a chance of up to 9 species actively making the most of the short days plus overwintering farmland birds like Skylark and Corn Bunting in some numbers (Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Marsh and Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Short-eared and Barn Owls). Walk will last between 2 to 2.5 hrs. Booking is essential as limited numbers, suggested donation £5. Please call our Wat Tyler Office on: (01268) 559158.

Sunday 17th December: Thurrock Thameside Nature Park Walk
Meet at 10am. Take the A1014 exit off the A13 towards Shell Haven/Coryton/Stanford Le Hope. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Stanford Road (A1013). Turn left at the traffic lights. At mini roundabout turn right into Butts Lane. Turn left onto Mucking Wharf Road. Follow signs onto Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve and follow road to Car Park. All welcome.

Sunday 31st December 2017: RSPB Wallasea Wildlife Wander New Year’s Eve – Mince Pie Special
Get set for New Year’s Eve with a morning stroll in Wallasea’a wide open spaces – complete with a Mince Pie and Coffee/Mulled Wine to help keep out the cold. Walk will last between 2 to 2.5 hrs. Booking is essential as limited numbers, suggested donation £5. Please call our Wat Tyler Office on: (01268) 559158. 

January 2018

Tuesday 02nd January: RSPB Wallasea Island Walk
Meet at Midday. Follow the road past the entrance to the Marina straight through the farm for half a mile. High tide 1409 hrs. All welcome.

Wednesday 3rd January: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Graham Ekins "Bolivian Delights"
Bolivia has diverse habitats and 1381 bird species have been recorded. This talk looks at the Amazonian forest, high level areas, savannah and wetlands.

Sunday 14th January: Southend Pier Walk
Meet at 09.45am at the lower entrance. All welcome.

February 2018

Sunday 4th February: Bluehouse Farm Walk
Meet at 10am. Take the B1012 road towards Burnham. Make a right turn at the junction with B1010 to North Fambridge. Cross railway and follow road to Blue House Farm. High tide 1621 hrs. (Southend). All welcome.

Wednesday 7th February: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Richard Brooks "A Passion for Owls"
This talk covers all UK owl species, with the exception of the Snowy owl. It particularly focuses on Barn owls, including Richard's conservation work with them over 20 years, and their breeding cycle. The other owl species are also well represented and Richard will touch on some foreign species if time permits.

Monday 19th February: Hockley Woods Walk
Meet at 9am. There is a small charge for parking.

March 2018

Sunday 4th March: South Fambridge Walk
Meet at 10am. Travelling from Rochford take the Ashingdon Road and after 1 mile turn right onto the South Fambridge turning and continue until the end of the road. Note that there is limited parking. All welcome.

Wednesday 7th March: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Chris Ward "101 Things You Never Knew About Garden Birds"
What is the life expectancy of a robin? Which species can fly 700 miles just to build a nest? Which species pluck feathers from live pigeons and why? Chris will tell us some facts we are learning about familiar garden birds through research and new scientific techniques.

Monday 19th March: EWT Warley Place Walk
Meet at 10am. Travelling on the A127 towards London turn off onto the B186 just before the M25 turn off. Turn right at the junction and follow the B186 until you see the Thatchers Arms PH on your left. The reserve is next door. NB the gate may be closed but not locked. All welcome.

April 2018

Wednesday 4th April: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Conor Jameson "Looking for the Goshawk"
The natural history of this enigmatic bird of prey, how it lives, where it lives and why it might be missing from our lives when it can live in a German city centre. Conor published a book about this in 2013.

Monday 16th April: EWT Abberton Reservoir Walk
Meet at Layer Breton Causeway at 10.00 hrs. Non EWT members may be asked for a donation at the Visitor Centre. All welcome.

Sunday 29th April: EWT Chafford Gorges Walk
Meet in the car park at 10am. Travelling from Southend on the A13 take the Grays (A1012) exit. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit and follow the A1012. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Elizabeth Road (A1012). At the following roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Devonshire Road. Turn right onto Drake Road. Drive past the Sand Martin PH, through two mini roundabouts and the reserve is on your right. Postcode RM16 6RG. All welcome.  

May 2018

Wednesday 2nd May: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Peter Gasson "Pantanal".
Peter will take us on a visual journey to this natural region of Brazil encompassing the world's largest wetland area. He will show us a variety of species including Hyacinth macaws, jaguars, great otters and lots of birds and butterflies, as well as interesting plants.

Wednesday 9th May: Wakering Common Walk
Meet at 0900 hrs. Turn left to the Common by the church at the end of Gt Wakering High Street. All welcome.

Sunday 13th May: EWT Fingringhoe Wick Walk
Meet in the visitor centre at 10am. Postcode CO5 7DN. All welcome.

Sunday 20th May: Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere
Cost £15. Coach leaves Southchurch Blvd, Walnut Tree pub at 07.20 and picks up at further points. Entrance fee for non-RSPB members. To book, call Cath Williams on (01702) 293357.

July 2018

Sunday 30th 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.


 

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 £5 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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