South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


Download our full 2019-2020 programme here (PDF file).

December 2019

Tuesday 10th December 2019: South East Essex RSPB Independent Lady Birders Christmas Meal - Royal Oak
All single ladies welcome to join us. For details call our ILB contact on (01702) 525152.

Wednesday 18th December2019: Barton Hall Creek and Beyond
Meet at 10am in the layby opposite the Trout fishery at Stambridge. Postcode SS4 2AR. High tide 1426 hrs. All welcome.

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!.

Sunday 12th January 2020: RSPB Wallasea Island
Meet at Midday. Follow the road past the entrance to the Marina straight through the farm for approx. half a mile. High tide 1442 hrs. All welcome.

Tuesday 21st January 2020: South East Essex RSPB 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.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020: Southend Pier
Meet at 0945am at the lower level entrance. High tide 1130 hrs. All welcome.

February 2020

Tuesday 4th February 2020: RSPB Bowers Marsh
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. Drive for less than one mile and then turn left at the mini-roundabout with brown sign. This is Church Road - go left at the next T-junction and follow the road until you reach the reserve entrance and just beyond the car park. Postcode SS13 2HG. All welcome.

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.

Sunday 23rd February 2020: Abberton Reservoir
Meet at Layer Breton Causeway at 1000 hrs. Non EWT members may be asked for a donation at the Visitor Centre. All welcome.

March 2020

Wednesday 4th March 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.

Wednesday 11th March 2020: Hockley Woods
Entrance to the car park is next to The Bull public house on the B1013 Rayleigh to Hockley road. Meet at 10am. There is a small charge for parking. All welcome.

Sunday 15th March 2020: RSPB Old Hall Marshes
Meet in the car park at 10am. Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon CM9 8TP. High tide 1740hrs. All welcome.

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.

Tuesday 7th April 2020: EWT Bluehouse Farm
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. Postcode CM3 6NG High tide 1353 hrs. All welcome.

Sunday 26th April 2020 - Gunners Park
Meet in the car park at 1000 hrs. High tide 1525 hrs. All welcome.

May 2020

Monday 4th May 2020: Wakering Common
Meet at 0900 hrs. Turn left to the Common by the church at the end of Gt Wakering High Street. Please car share if possible as parking is limited. All welcome.

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.

Sunday 10th May 2020: Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk.
Coach cost £15.00. Coach leaves Lifstan Way at 7.20am.

Sunday 17th May 2020: EWT Fingringhoe Wick
(field trip and ILB minibus) Meet in the visitor centre at 10am.Take the B1026 from Heybridge towards Colchester. Turn off before Abberton Reservoir towards Mersea. Follow the road to Fingringhoe and the signs to the reserve. Postcode CO5 7DN. Non EWT members may be asked for a donation. All welcome.


 

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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