South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


April 2017

Wednesday 26th April: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Guided Walk - Holehaven Creek.
From Benfleet railway station go over the bridge onto the island. At the 1st roundabout take the 2nd exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A130. Stay on the A130 until the King Canute PH on the left. Turn right into Haven Road. Go to the end of Haven Road and park in the public car park in front of the Lobster Smack PH. Meet at 10:00am. High tide 13:18. All welcome.

Saturday 29th 11.00 April: 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Sunday 30th April: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Guided Walk - Gunners Park.
Meet in the car park at 10:00am. High tide 16:14. All welcome.

Sunday 30th 11.30 April: 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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! 

May 2017

Monday 1st May Bank Holiday Special 12:00 and 15:00: 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Wednesday 3rd May: South East Essex RSPB Local Group - Indoor meeting - Shaun Thomas (Director, Operations, RSPB) - The RSPB in the 21st Century. 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.

Wednesday 3rd May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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 6th May 10:00 and 14:30: 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Sunday 7th May: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Dawn Chorus Walk - Gusted Hall Woods.
Heading towards Hockley on Hall Road past the Potash Garden centre on the left, take the next left on the right hand bend. Follow road to top of hill to car park. Meet at 04:45am. All welcome.

Sunday 7th May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Wednesday 10th May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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 May 13th: RSPB Wallasea Island Wildlife Walk - Spring Migration Bonanza
May is peak migration season and we’ll be looking out for summer visitors and passage migrants heading further north. Join us on this short walk with our experts who will bring telescopes to get really close up views. All walks are about 2- 2.5hrs and recommended £5 donation. Booking essential through the SE Essex office on (01268) 498620.

Saturday 13th May 10:00 and 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Sunday 14th May 10:30 and 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Monday 15th May: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Guided Walk – RSPB West Canvey Marsh.
Enter Canvey from Benfleet Railway Station. At the first roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight on). The entrance to the reserve is actually on the 2nd roundabout (3rd exit). Meet at 10:00am. All welcome.

Tuesday 16th May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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 20th May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Sunday May 21st: Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk.
Coach leaves White Horse Pub at 07:20 and picks up at further locations. Visitor centre on nature reserve. Café and toilets in visitor centre. Entrance fee for non-RSPB members. To book call Cath Williams on (01702) 293357.

Sunday 21st May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Tuesday 23rd May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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 27th May 10:00 and 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Sunday 28th May 10:30 and 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Monday 29th May Bank Holiday Special 11:30 and 14:00: 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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!

Wednesday 31st May 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 £20, under 12s £10.00 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! 

June 2017

Saturday June 10th: RSPB Wallasea Island Wildlife Walk - Breeding Birds of Wallasea
A walk around the lagoons and grasslands to find some of the many birds breeding on Wallasea taking advantage of the varied habitats provided. Join us on this short walk with our experts who will bring telescopes to get really close up views. All walks are about 2- 2.5hrs and recommended £5 donation. Booking essential through the SE Essex office on (01268) 498620.

September 2017

Wednesday 6th September: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - Derek Nieman "Birds in cage"
The true story of four young men held as POWs in Nazi Germany who kept their sanity by watching birds and went on to become post-war giants of conservation.

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.

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.

December 2017

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.

January 2018

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.

February 2018

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.

March 2018

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.

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.

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.


 

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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