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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.

Fellowship Afloat

16/02/18

I'm helping to lead on Fellowship Afloat's Estuary Birdwatching weekend 16-18 February, based on the "Trinity" lightship at Tollesbury. For further details and bookings please visit their website at www.fact.org.uk.

Improve Your Birdwatching - Gull ID

21/02/18

On Wednesday 21 February 10am-4pm I'm leading a Gull ID workshop for Essex Wildlife Trust. The first part of the morning will be a classroom session at Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough looking at gull identification, followed by a short drive to Layer Breton Causeway, Abberton Reservoir to put the theory into practice. We'll head back to Abbotts Hall Farm for lunch; and then drive to West Mersea in search of more gulls! £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 @ Cockaynes Wood

23/02/18

Friday 23rd February 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: fieldfare, goldfinch, redpoll, yellowhammer, Cetti’s warbler, little grebe, goldcrest, possibility of firecrest, maybe an early chiffchaff; also scarlet elf cup (fungus)
Booking in advance please

Guided walk @ Mistley

09/03/18

Friday 9th March 10.30am-12.30pm Mistley
(£7 per person). Meet towards the eastern end of Mistley Walls, near the culvert/bridge. TM114321. The Walls is the road running alongside the river (Stour) between Manningtree and Mistley Towers. We’ll scan the river from the roadside and also walk through to Mistley Quay for a different viewpoint.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: black tailed godwit, turnstone, red breasted merganser, goldeneye, pintail, little egret, kingfisher
Booking in advance please

Birding Day (Abberton Reservoir EWT)

10/03/18

On Saturday 10 March 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.

Photography Exhibition

10/03/18

A selection of my wildlife photos will be on display in The Naze Visitor Centre, Walton on the Naze 10-18 March. Open daily 9am-4pm; admission free.

Improve Your Birdwatching

14/03/18

On Wednesday 14 March 10am-4pm I'm leading am "Improve Your Birdwatching" 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 choosing binoculars and telescopes, when and where to look for birds, fieldcraft skills and bird identification, 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.

The Naze Centre

18/03/18

On Sunday 18 March 1.30-3pm I'm giving an illustrated talk entitled "The Naze - beach, birds, blackberries & more" at The Naze Centre in Old Hall Lane, Walton on the Naze. For further information and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01255 679379.

Guided walk @ Gt Holland Pits EWT

20/03/18

Tuesday 20th March 10.30am-12.30pm Gt Holland Pits EWT nature reserve
(£7 per person). Meet in the small reserve car park. TM204190. CO13 0EU for satnav. It's not easy to find!! Travelling from Kirby Cross towards Clacton, at the end of Gt Holland turn right at the roundabout (by the old Lions Den pub) onto Little Clacton Road. It is on your right after about 800m just after a lefthand bend - the track is next to a house called "Seawinds". If you get as far as Dairy House Farm you've missed it! I'll try and be there a bit early and stand at the side of the road to guide you in! Please note that the ground is uneven (it is an old gravel pits) and may be muddy!
Species we'll be hoping to see include: common woodland birds, long tailed tit,
woodpeckers, jay, bullfinch, goldcrest, mandarin and maybe even kingfisher and barn owl; also adder and primroses.
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.

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.

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.