South East Essex RSPB Calendar of Local Events


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

April 2019

Tuesday 23rd April 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 and teenagers £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (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 25th April 12.00: 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 and teenagers £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (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 April 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 and teenagers £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (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 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.

Tuesday 30th April 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 and teenagers £25, under 12s £5.00 or option to book the boat for £250 (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 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.

Saturday 18th May 2019: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Spring migration Bonanza! 10:15 for 10:30 start. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620.
May is peak migration season and we’ll be looking out for summer visitors and passage migrants heading further north, especially concentrating on birds coming in to the new southern lagoons.

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.

Tuesday 21st 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.

June 2019

Saturday 15th June 2019: RSPB Wallasea Island Guided Walk - Breeding birds of Wallasea 09:15 for 09:30 start. Suggested donation: £5 Adult, £4 RSPB Member, Booking essential, Telephone: 01268 498620.
A walk around the lagoons and grasslands to find some of the many birds breeding on Wallasea taking advantage of the varied habitats provided. Our large gull and tern colony will be in full swing, a fantastic sight and sound.

Tuesday 18th June: 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.

September 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Liz Huxley, The Naze - Beach, Birds, Blackberries and More
Highlighting the hidden wildlife of this popular area and the seasonal excitement of this east coast migration hotspot.

October 2019

Wednesday 2nd October 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Chris Collins, The Birds of Guyana
This small S. American country is rarely visited by birdwatchers, despite having much to see. The talk visits two varied habitats - tropical forests and the savannahs.

November 2019

Wednesday 6th November 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Graham Ekins, Wildlife of New Zealand
This talk is the result of a 3-week trip to the coasts and forests of North and South Islands of N.Z. and includes a variety of birds from both these habitats. We will also see several species of whales and dolphins and the N.Z. fur seal.

December 2019

Wednesday 4th December 2019: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - Peter Holden, Birds - Their Hidden World
Looking at birds and their amazing lives - the sort of info that most bird books leave out!

January 2020

Wednesday 8th January 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.

February 2020

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.

March 2020

Wednesday 4th March: South East Essex RSPB Local Group Indoor meeting - TBA

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.

May 2020

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.


 

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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