Events Diary

Guided Walks

01/07/2021

Guided walks last 2.5 hours and finish with refreshments back at the cars. Group size is a maximum of 7 (plus me as leader).

Ladybirders

30/12/2021

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.

Dragonfly ID

16/06/2022

On Thursday 16th June 1.30-4pm I'm leading a Dragonfly ID walk for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick. For further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Butterfly ID

16/06/2022

On Thursday 16th June 10am-12.30pm I'm leading a Butterfly ID walk for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick. For further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Guided walk at Abberton Reservoir (4 spaces)

28/06/2022

Tuesday 28th June 10am – 12.30pm Abberton Reservoir
(£10 per person). 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. CO2 0EU is the nearest postcode, but takes you to Rows Farm! We’ll probably view from the old road and both causeways, depending on the latest bird news.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: little ringed plover, nightingale, blackcap, great white egret, spoonbill, yellow wagtail, common tern, common buzzard, hobby, cuckoo, cattle egret possible as well as rarities.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Talk to Wickham Bishops WI

30/06/2022

On Thursday 30th June at 2pm I'm giving an illustrated talk to Wickham Bishops WI.

Talk to Mile End WI

01/07/2022

On Friday 1st July at 7.30pm I'm giving an illustrated talk to Mile End WI.

wildlife boat trip (FULLY BOOKED)

01/07/2022

Friday 1st July 11.15am wildlife boat trip
(£18 per person). We’ll be joining Tony Haggis for a 2-2½ hour boat trip around the beautiful Walton Backwaters. Meet in the car park at Titchmarsh Marina in Walton on the Naze CO14 8SL at 11.15am (for 11.30am boat trip). From Kirby Road (B1024) turn into Coles Lane (signed for Titchmarsh Marina and Harbour Lights restaurant) and drive to the 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: breeding terns (sandwich, little and common) and Mediterranean gull, marsh harrier, common buzzard, oystercatcher, ringed plover, eider possible; common seals with pups.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Talk to Rayne WI

05/07/2022

On Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm I'm giving an illustrated talk to Rayne WI.

Guided walk at Landseer Park (6 spaces)

06/07/2022

Wednesday 6th July 10am – 12.30pm Landseer Park
(£10 per person). Meet in the car park in Landseer Road, Ipswich (IP3 0HH, entrance is opposite Holbrook Road). This is an Ipswich Borough Council ‘green open space’, with lots of wildflower planting and a small woodland area.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: chiffchaff, blackcap, great spotted woodpecker, song thrush, jay, long tailed tit; butterflies - marbled white, small skipper, ringlet, purple hairstreak, white letter hairstreak, dark green fritillary and small blue possible; other insects (eg Roesel’s bush cricket, beewolf, stag beetle).
Booking in advance is essential please.

Naze Protection Society event

09/07/2022

On Saturday 9th July 11am-1pm I have my stand at The Columbine Centre, Walton on the Naze, as part of the Naze Protection Society's event - I'll have a few of my photos and cards for sale, a slideshow of photos I've taken at The Naze/Hamford Water, and guided walks leaflet.

Guided walk at Stour Wood (5 spaces)

11/07/2022

Monday 11th July 10am – 12.30pm Stour Wood RSPB
(£10 per person). Meet in the reserve car park, north of Wrabness Road (B1352) between Wrabness and Ramsey (brown tourist sign). TM190310, approx. CO12 5ND. This is a quieter time of year for birds, so we’ll be concentrating more on butterflies!
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: chiffchaff, blackcap, great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, jay; butterflies include: ringlet, comma, white admiral, silver washed fritillary, purple emperor possible.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Chalkney Wood (4 spaces)

14/07/2022

Thursday 14th July 10am – 12.30pm Chalkney Wood
(£10 per person). Meet in the Forestry Commission car park at TL872279. I think the nearest postcode is CO6 2LE. 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; purple emperor, purple hairstreak, white admiral, silver washed fritillary; banded demoiselle, brown hawker.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Dragonfly ID

16/07/2022

On Saturday 16th July 1.30-4pm I'm leading a Dragonfly ID walk for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick. For further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Butterfly ID

16/07/2022

On Saturday 16th July 10am-12.30pm I'm leading a Butterfly ID walk for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick. For further details and bookings please contact the Centre team on 01206 729678.

Guided (easy) walk at Gt Holland Pits (4 spaces)

18/07/2022

Monday 18th July 10am – 12 noon Gt Holland Pits EWT
(£7 per person). A gentle, easy walk - the path is stone chippings and includes a set of steps down and up with a handrail, and we’ll stop for coffee part way round. 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 mini roundabout (by the old Lions Den pub) onto Little Clacton Road. It is on your right after about ½ mile just after a lefthand bend - the track is next to a white house called "Seawinds". If you get as far as Dairy House Farm you've missed it!
Species we'll be hoping to see include: common woodland birds, long tailed tit, chiffchaff, great spotted and green woodpeckers, jay, bullfinch, common buzzard; white letter hairstreak, purple hairstreak, white admiral, small heath, common blue.
Booking in advance is essential please.

Guided walk at Fingringhoe Wick (4 spaces)

29/07/2022

Friday 29th July 10am – 12.30pm Fingringhoe Wick EWT
(£10 per person). Meet in the reserve car park. TM041195. CO5 7DN. Access is via South Green Road or Furneaux Lane (both quite narrow!) in Fingringhoe village.
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, southern migrant hawker possible).
Booking in advance is essential please.

Walton Town Show

28/08/2022

On Sunday 28th August I'll have my stand at the Walton Town Show, with a selection of wildlife photos and cards for sale.