South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


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

February 2018

Tuesday 20th February: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Independent Lady Birders (ILB's) 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.

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.

Tuesday 20th March: 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.

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.

Tuesday 24th April: 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.

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.

Tuesday 15th May: 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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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