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Events Diary

Ladybirders (at Fingringhoe Wick EWT)

17/01/18

Starting a new venture with Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - leading guided birdwatching walks for ladies on alternate Wednesday mornings. For further details please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Guided Walk @ Howlands Marsh

06/04/18

Friday 6th April 10.30am-12.30pm Howlands Marsh EWT nature reserve
(£7 per person). Meet in the layby on the west side of the B1027, St Osyth, just south of Oaklands Holiday Village and Martins Farm Country Park. TM115169.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: wildfowl, grey heron and little egret in heronry, Cetti’s warbler, marsh harrier, common buzzard
Booking in advance please

Birding Day (Abberton Reservoir EWT)

14/04/18

On Saturday 14 April I'm leading a Birding Day event for Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir to see if we can beat 65 species in a day. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 738172.

Ongar Wildlife Society

16/04/18

On Monday 16 April at 8pm I'm giving an illustrated talk entitled "The Essex Coastal Marshes in Winter" to the Ongar Wildlife Society.

Guided Walk @ The Naze

19/04/18

Thursday 19th April 10.30am-12.30pm The Naze
(£7 per person). Meet in the pay & display car park near the EWT visitor centre. TM264235. Drive through Walton and then follow Hall Lane and Naze Park Road to the end! The car park is on the right.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: brent geese, sanderling, turnstone, godwits and other waders, marsh harrier, goldcrest, Cetti’s warbler (more likely to be heard than seen!), little egret, chiffchaff and other early migrants
Booking in advance please

Spring Bird Migration Day

21/04/18

On Saturday 21st April I'll be helping with Essex Wildlife Trust's Spring Bird Migration Day at The Naze Centre 10am-4pm. There'll be a number of display stands in the visitor centre (Essex Birdwatching Society, Swallow Birding, British Trust for Ornithology, Wader Quest, optics sales) and a programme of guided walks and short talks throughout the day.

Bird Song

25/04/18

On Wednesday 25 April 10am-4pm I'm leading a "Bird Song" day course for Essex Wildlife Trust. The first part of the morning will be a classroom session at Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough looking at how and why birds sing, and aids to learning to recognise birdsong, alarm and contact calls, followed by a short walk to the wetland hide to put the theory into practice. After lunch we'll take a longer walk around the farm in search of more birds. £30 donation per person. For further information and bookings please contact Abbotts Hall Farm admin team on 01621 862960 or admin@essexwt.org.uk.

Guided Walk @ Holland Haven

27/04/18

Friday 27th April 10.30am-12.30pm Holland Haven Country Park
(£7 per person). Meet in the pay & display car park (at the northern end). TM220175. Just north of Holland on Sea, off the B1032 between Gt Holland and Holland on Sea. There are brown tourist signs.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: avocet, little ringed plover and other waders, marsh harrier, common buzzard, wheatear and other migrants, kingfisher
Booking in advance please

Dawn Chorus

06/05/18

On Sunday 6 May (to coincide with International Dawn Chorus Day) I'll be leading a Dawn Chorus event for Essex Wildlife Trust at The Naze, meeting at The Naze Centre at 5.30am. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01255 679379.

Improve Your Birdwatching - Warbler Identification

09/05/18

On Wednesday 9 May 10am-4pm I'm leading a "Warbler Identification" day course for Essex Wildlife Trust. The first part of the morning will be a classroom session at Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough looking at key ID features for different warbler species, their songs, chosen habitats, migration journeys; followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice. After lunch we'll drive to Layer Breton Causeway (Abberton Reservoir) in search of some different warbler species. £30 donation per person. For further information and bookings please contact Abbotts Hall Farm admin team on 01621 862960 or admin@essexwt.org.uk.

Guided Walk @ Cattawade Marshes

11/05/18

Friday 11th May 10.30am-12.30pm Cattawade Marshes
(£7 per person). Meet in the small car park NW of the White Bridge CO11 1QW. TM101331. Travelling N along the A137 cross the River Stour via the White Bridge; take the first left at the roundabout onto the B1070 Bergholt Road; after c100m take the very sharp left turn back on yourself to the car park/picnic site on the right opposite the cottages.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: breeding lapwing and redshank, whitethroat and other warblers, common tern, avocet, Egyptian goose, shelduck
Booking in advance please

Birding Day (Abberton Reservoir EWT)

12/05/18

On Saturday 12 May I'm leading a Birding Day event for Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir to see if we can beat 65 species in a day. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 738172.

Guided Walk @ St Osyth Beach towards Colne Point

25/05/18

Friday 25th May 10.30am-12.30pm St Osyth Beach towards Colne Point
(£7 per person). Meet in the car park at St Osyth Beach CO16 8TB. TM131101. From the crossroads in St Osyth follow Spring Road and then Beach Road through the Hutleys caravan park to the far end by the Sailor Boy pub.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: marsh harrier, little tern, reed bunting, corn bunting, lapwing, linnet, whitethroat, yellow wagtail, cuckoo
Booking in advance please

Guided Walk @ Wrabness

06/06/18

Wednesday 6th June 10.30am-12.30pm Wrabness EWT reserve
(£7 per person). Meet in the reserve car park. TM167315. CO11 2TF. Take the first left just past the bridge on Wheatsheaf Lane (off the B1352 between Bradfield and Wrabness) and the car park is on your right (there is a height barrier). Most of the paths are tarmac/hard surface, with only one or two grassy areas.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: nightingale, turtle dove, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, bullfinch, green woodpecker, barn owl
Booking in advance please

Guided Walk @ Cockaynes Wood

21/06/18

Thursday 21st June 10.30am-12.30pm Cockaynes Wood
(£7 per person). Access is off Alresford Road, between Wivenhoe and Alresford – park and meet in the lane just north of the railway leading east. TM052216. This quite new reserve is jointly managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and Cockaynes Wood Trust and has a mix of habitats – heath, grassland, woodland and ponds.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: mistle thrush, garden warbler, hobby, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker, Cetti’s warbler; dragonflies & mining bees
Booking in advance please