News/Reports

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick

14/05/2021

Felt like more birds heard than seen on a fab morning guiding at Fingringhoe Wick, but sightings included whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, nightingale, lesser whitethroat, garden warbler, great spotted woodpecker, cuckoo, swallow, swift, reed bunting, common tern... Also heard tawny owl and reed warbler.

Guided walk at Holland Haven

12/05/2021

A beautiful morning for our guided walk at Holland Haven today. Lots of birds heard and seen (39 species), but most disappeared as I reached for the camera! Highlights included blackcap, whitethroat, swallow, green woodpecker, shelduck, avocet, linnet, stonechat, sedge warbler, skylark and kestrel. Also a few butterflies - orange tip, peacock, speckled wood and red admiral.

Guided walk at Shut Heath Wood

07/05/2021

Spectacular display of bluebells in Shut Heath Wood for our guided walk this morning. Other highlights included a very noisy and active pair of great spotted woodpeckers, several treecreepers and wrens, blackcap, chiffchaff, mistle thrush, common buzzard, jay; as well as the amazing colonies of wood ants.

Guided walk at The Naze

30/04/2021

Fab morning guiding at The Naze with numbers of highlights - a very showy lesser whitethroat (just after hearing it singing nearby and telling the group we were unlikely to see it as they skulk deep in cover!!), swallow, sand martin, female eider, Mediterranean gull, dunlin (flock of c400 with several in breeding plumage), common buzzard, kestrel, whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, jay, lapwing ...

Guided walk at Wrabness

27/04/2021

Fabulous morning at Wrabness guiding a group. Sightings included turtle dove (2 - my first of the year), ring ouzel, blackcap, chiffchaff, nightingale (at least 5 present), swallow, sand martin (c200), whimbrel, yellowhammer, whitethroat (at least 9), linnet, common buzzard, green woodpecker and much more. And it was nice and warm!

Guided walks at Frinton

22/04/2021

Two guided walks at Frinton today (circuits via the golf course). Highlights included: reed bunting (2), wheatear (2), whimbrel (7 + 1), skylark (c20), corn bunting (10+), yellowhammer, mistle thrush, green woodpecker, common buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel (2), Cetti's warbler, whitethroat, reed warbler; also muntjac (2) and Chinese water deer.

Guided walk at Cockaynes Wood

21/04/2021

Highlight of our guided walk at Cockaynes Wood this morning was a nightingale singing close to the path (that gave frustratingly brief views); but there were also singing blackcap, chiffchaff and goldcrest; green woodpecker, sand martin and swallow, kestrel and common buzzard, linnet, great crested grebe ... Also a nice selection of flowers - bluebell, lesser celandine, wood anemone, golden saxifrage, greater stitchwort, storksbill ...

Guided walks at Fingringhoe Wick

15/04/2021

A real mix of weather for our guided walks at Fingringhoe Wick today - sunshine, cloud, rain, hail. Highlights included brief nightingale, lots of chiffchaff and blackcap, a pale bellied brent goose in among the dark bellied, Mediterranean gull, common buzzard, marsh harrier, linnet, great spotted woodpecker, swallow, stock dove, little grebe, shelduck, shoveler ...

Guided walk at The Naze

13/04/2021

Lovely couple of hours for our guided walk at The Naze this morning. Highlights included skylark, chiffchaff (8+), blackcap (2), jay, greenfinch, Cetti's warbler (heard only), sanderling (67), eider (1 female), ringed plover, dunlin (including 1 in breeding plumage), common buzzard ...

Guided walk at Abberton Reservoir

09/04/2021

Weather was better than forecast for our guided walk at Abberton Reservoir this morning. Nice to see some familiar faces, but also some great birds too, including Egyptian goose family, little ringed plover, yellow wagtail, swallow, whimbrel, blackcap, goldeneye, skylark, snipe, reed bunting, Mediterranean gull, common buzzard, common tern ...

Guided walk at Holland Haven

07/04/2021

Viewing conditions a bit tricky in this morning's cold wind, but still had a successful guided walk at Holland Haven with over 40 species seen. Highlights included purple sandpiper, avocet, snipe, black tailed godwit, shoveler, wigeon, shelduck, chiffchaff, kestrel, common buzzard, green woodpecker, brown hare and adder.

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick

01/04/2021

Somewhat cooler for this morning's guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick. Chiffchaffs were everywhere we went, as well as several blackcaps; while other highlights included shoveler, tufted duck, shelduck, brent geese, skylark, common buzzard, kestrel, little grebe and little egret. However, my favourite was my first swallow of the year flying around the visitor centre as we ended our walk.

Guided walk at Wrabness

31/03/2021

Another fabulous morning for today's guided walk at Wrabness EWT. Bird of the day for me was the sand martins that have arrived back from Africa. Other highlights included chiffchaff (8), yellowhammer, common buzzard, green and great spotted woodpeckers, bullfinch, cowslips, peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies, and a colony of mining bees (possibly Andrena clarkella).

Guided walk at Mistley

30/03/2021

So good to be out guiding again! Spent the morning at Mistley Walls & Quay, where highlights included lots of black tailed godwits (most in their stunning brick-red breeding plumage), turnstones lined up along boat decks, avocet, oystercatcher, redshank, shelduck, teal, little egret, black swan, chiffchaff and another rookery to add to the EBS survey ... and it was such a beautiful day to be out as well.

Guided walks update

24/03/2021

In line with Government guidelines I'm starting a programme of small group guided walks (for 5 + me) from 29th March 2021. For details and availability please see the Events page.

Lockdown update

15/03/2021

In line with latest Government guidance all my guided walks, courses and events are currently cancelled. However, with easing of restrictions I plan to start offering guided walks (rule of 6) from 29th March, and details are on the Events page. Wildlife photos and greeting cards are still available for sale - please contact me if interested to make arrangements.

Index

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick

14/05/2021

Guided walk at Holland Haven

12/05/2021

Guided walk at Shut Heath Wood

07/05/2021

Guided walk at The Naze

30/04/2021

Guided walk at Wrabness

27/04/2021

Guided walks at Frinton

22/04/2021

Guided walk at Cockaynes Wood

21/04/2021

Guided walks at Fingringhoe Wick

15/04/2021

Guided walk at The Naze

13/04/2021

Guided walk at Abberton Reservoir

09/04/2021

Guided walk at Holland Haven

07/04/2021

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick

01/04/2021

Guided walk at Wrabness

31/03/2021

Guided walk at Mistley

30/03/2021

Guided walks update

24/03/2021

Lockdown update

15/03/2021