South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events

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

January 2019

Sunday 20th January: Field Walk - Southend Pier
Meet at 0945am at the lower level entrance. High tide 1230 hrs. All welcome.

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.

Sunday 10th February: Field Walk - Chigborough Lakes/Heybridge Basin
Take the B1026 Heybridge to Goldhanger road and turn left into Chigborough Road. This junction is just over a mile from Heybridge. Meet in the Chigborough Lakes car park at 1000 hrs. Postcode CM9 4RE.

Wednesday 20th February: Field Walk - West Canvey Marsh RSPB
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 1000 hrs. All welcome. 

March 2019

Tuesday 5th March: Field Walk - South Fambridge
Meet at 10am. Travelling from Rochford take the Ashingdon Road and after approx. 1 mile turn right onto the South Fambridge turning and continue until the end of the road when you can park on the left.. All welcome.

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.

Sunday 24th March: Field Walk - EWT Hanningfield Reservoir
Post code CM11 1WT. Non EWT members may be asked for a donation. Meet at 1000 hrs. All welcome.

April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - TBA

Sunday 14th April: Field Walk - Wakering Stairs
Take the Foulness Road from Great Wakering church to the M.O.D entrance. Follow the road to the seawall. Meet at 10am. All welcome.

Tuesday 30th April: Field Walk - Hadleigh Country Park
Meet at 9am in the new Chapel Lane car park. There is a charge for parking. All welcome.

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.

Wednesday 8th May: Field Walk - Edwards Hall Country Park
Turn off the A127 at Progress Road. At the bottom of the road turn left and then 1st right into Bosworth Road. Follow the road to the car park at 10am. All welcome.

Sunday 12th May: Coach trip to RSPB Minsmere
Leave the Old Walnut Tree at 07:20. Other pick-ups within Southend. Coach cost £15. Call Cath Williams to reserve a seat.

Sunday 19th May: Field Walk - Canvey, 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 Pub 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 1000 hrs. Postcode SS8 0NR. 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 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 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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