Events Diary

Guided Walks

01/01/2024

Guided walks last 2.5 hours and finish with refreshments back at the cars. Group size is a maximum of 8 (plus me as leader).

Ladybirders (The Naze)

02/01/2024

On the first Monday of the month I lead Ladybirders (a guided birdwatching walk for ladies) for Essex Wildlife Trust at The Naze. For dates, further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01255 679379.

Ladybirders (Fingringhoe Wick)

02/01/2024

On alternate Wednesdays I lead Ladybirders (a guided birdwatching walk for ladies) for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve. For dates, further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Guided walk at Minsmere (3 spaces)

28/06/2024

Friday 28th June 9.30am – 4pm Minsmere RSPB
(£25 per person + £9 reserve entry or bring RSPB membership card). Meet in the reserve car park. TM473672. IP17 3BY. The plan is to do the coast circuit (c2 miles), have lunch and then the Island Mere circuit (c2 miles). Please bring a packed lunch.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: marsh harrier, bittern, avocet, terns, kittiwake, sand martin, Mediterranean gull, barnacle goose, marsh tit, hobby, bearded tit, warblers, first returning waders; butterflies, dragonflies, beewolves & more.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Talk to Alresford Gardening Club

01/07/2024

On Monday 1st July at 7.30pm I'll be giving a talk entitled "Tales from the Riverbank" to Alresford Gardening Club.

Butterfly & Dragonfly ID Workshops

13/07/2024

On Saturday 13th July I'll be leading two Workshops for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick - Butterfly ID in the morning & Dragonfly ID in the afternoon. For further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Guided walk at Flatford (4 spaces)

15/07/2024

Monday 15th July 10am – 12.30pm Flatford
(£12 per person). Meet in the National Trust car park (£5 in coins or bring NT membership card for free parking). CO7 6UL. Flatford is well signposted from the B1070 in East Bergholt, then follow the one-way system to the car park. There’s the option to stay on for lunch in the tearooms after the walk. This will be more of a general wildlife walk in Constable country; and there are several inclines to negotiate to get views across the valley!
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: warblers (eg blackcap, chiffchaff, Cetti’s, reed, sedge) common buzzard, grey wagtail, swallow; butterflies, solitary bees, dragonflies, wildflowers.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Talk to Navestock WI

16/07/2024

On Tuesday 16th July at 2pm I'll be giving a talk entitled "Tales from the Riverbank" to Navestock WI.

Guided walk at Chalkney Wood (6 spaces)

18/07/2024

Thursday 18th July 10am – 12.30pm Chalkney Wood
(£12 per person). Meet in the Forestry Commission car park in Tey Road at TL872279. I think the nearest postcode is CO6 2LQ. From the A1124 between White Colne and Earls Colne take Tey Road south for 1/2 mile or so. The car park is signed to the left on a sharp right-hand bend and is c200m down a dirt track.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: treecreeper, common buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, grey wagtail, kingfisher and nuthatch possible; butterflies (eg purple emperor, purple hairstreak, white admiral, silver washed fritillary); dragonflies (eg banded demoiselle, migrant hawker, brown hawker).
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick (5 spaces)

23/07/2024

Tuesday 23rd July 10am – 1pm Fingringhoe Wick EWT
(£12 per person + site entry donation or bring EWT membership card). Meet in the reserve car park. TM041195. CO5 7DN. Access is via South Green Road or Furneaux Lane (both quite narrow!) in Fingringhoe village. There’s the option to stay on for lunch in the visitor centre.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: swallow, garden warbler, common tern, black tailed godwit, greenshank, marsh harrier, common buzzard; butterflies (eg white admiral, silver washed fritillary, purple hairstreak, gatekeeper, purple emperor possible); dragonflies (eg small red eyed damselfly, emperor, ruddy darter, brown hawker, southern migrant hawker possible); beewolf.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Gt Holland (5 spaces)

26/07/2024

Friday 26th July 10am – 12.30pm Gt Holland circuit
(£12 per person). Roadside parking/meet in Rectory Road, Gt Holland near the Old Rectory/Tudor Cottages CO13 0JP. We’ll then walk a circuit via farmland, golf course and seawall. There’s the option to stay on for lunch at The Ship community pub after the walk.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: skylark, corn bunting, yellow wagtail, whitethroat, linnet, swallow, reed bunting, reed warbler.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Cockaynes Wood (5 spaces)

30/07/2024

Tuesday 30th July 10am – 12.30pm Cockaynes Wood EWT
(£12 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 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, treecreeper, coal tit, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker, common buzzard, whitethroat, common tern, kingfisher possible; butterflies (eg silver washed fritillary, brown argus); dragonflies (eg migrant hawker, ruddy darter).
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Abberton Reservoir (5 spaces)

02/08/2024

Friday 2nd August 10am – 4pm Abberton Reservoir EWT
(£25 per person + site entry donation or bring EWT membership card). Meet at the north (reserve) end of Layer de la Haye Causeway (there’s plenty of parking along the causeway) – B1026 - Church Road/Wigborough Road. We’ll walk round the nature reserve and view from the Causeways and Wigborough Bay. Please bring a packed lunch.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: common tern, red crested pochard, great white egret, spoonbill, cattle egret, yellow wagtail, returning waders (eg black tailed godwit, ruff, green and wood sandpipers, greenshank, little ringed plover), marsh harrier, hobby, osprey and other rarities (eg black tern) possible.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Holland Haven (1 space)

08/08/2024

Thursday 8th August 10am – 12.30pm Holland Haven Country Park
(£12 per person). Meet in the pay & display car park (at the northern end), just north of Holland on Sea, off the B1032 between Gt Holland and Holland on Sea. Nearest postcode CO15 5UB. TM220175. There are brown tourist signs. The walk will be approximately 2 miles.
Species we’ll be hoping to find include: willow warbler, lesser whitethroat, wheatear, whinchat, common buzzard, spotted and pied flycatchers; green and wood sandpipers, ruff, scarcer species possible; offshore – terns, skuas and gannet possible; also wasp spider.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Old Hall Marshes (4 spaces)

13/08/2024

Tuesday 13th August 10am – 1pm Old Hall Marshes RSPB
(£12 per person). Meet in the reserve car park at the far end of Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D’Arcy CM9 8TP. TL959122. From the B1026 take Chapel Road/Back Road and turn in to Old Hall Lane, which is quite a narrow lane. Drive to the far end, over the speed bumps round the gardens/cottages, through the metal gates, over the cattle grid and follow signs to the car park (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri). The walk is approx 3 miles (the short circuit!) over uneven ground, including the seawall. There’s the option to bring a picnic lunch.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: marsh harrier, hobby, common tern, waders (eg avocet, black tailed godwit, ruff, golden plover, spotted redshank, greenshank, little stint, wood sandpiper (and maybe a rarity or two), bearded tit, cattle egret and spoonbill possible.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at The Naze (7 spaces)

22/08/2024

Thursday 22nd August 10am – 1pm The Naze
(£12 per person). Meet in the pay & display car park near the EWT visitor centre in Old Hall Lane, Walton on the Naze, CO14 8LE. TM264235. Drive through Walton and then follow Hall Lane, Naze Park Road and Old Hall Lane to the end! The car park is on the right. The plan is to take a route that will explore Walton Hall Marshes as well as the scrub area (approx. 3 miles).
Species we’ll be hoping to find include: returning waders (eg greenshank, whimbrel, black tailed godwit, avocet, green sandpiper), sandwich tern, migrant passerines (eg spotted and pied flycatcher, willow warbler, wheatear, whinchat), rarities possible.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Upper Hollesley Common/Hollesley Marshes (6 spaces)

28/08/2024

Wednesday 28th August 10am – 4pm Upper Hollesley Common/Hollesley Marshes
(£25 per person). Meet in Upper Hollesley Common car park in Heath Road, IP12 3HU. From Melton take the B1083; then left onto Heath Road (signed to Hollesley and Sutton Heath); drive through Sutton Heath; the car park is on the left almost opposite Red Lodge.
Please bring a packed lunch. After lunch we’ll drive to nearby Hollesley Marshes RSPB, IP12 3JW.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: stonechat, Dartford warbler, coal tit, hobby, avocet, marsh harrier, spoonbill, scarcer waders (eg wood sandpiper, little stint, curlew sandpiper) possible; also butterflies (eg grayling, small copper), green tiger beetle; and the heather should be in bloom.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Wildlife boat trip (1 space)

31/08/2024

Saturday 31st August 10.15am wildlife boat trip
(£18 per person). We’ll be joining Tony Haggis for a 2 hour boat trip around the beautiful Walton Backwaters. Meet in the car park at Titchmarsh Marina in Walton on the Naze CO14 8SL at 10.15am (for 10.30am boat trip). From Kirby Road (B1024) turn into Coles Lane (signed for Titchmarsh Marina and Harbour Lights restaurant) and drive to the boatyard car park at the far end (it’s a long narrow lane with speed bumps!). Maximum 11 places (plus me!) so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please bring weatherproof clothing!
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: waders (eg avocet, oystercatcher, godwits), marsh harrier, Mediterranean gull, terns; common seal. Scarcer species such as osprey possible.
Booking in advance is essential please.