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Events Diary

Beth Chatto Gardens Wildlife Fair

18/08/19

On Sunday 18th & Monday 19th August I have a stand at the Wildlife Fair at Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market.

Ladybirders

21/08/19

Working with Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - leading guided birdwatching walks for ladies on alternate Wednesday mornings 10am-12noon. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Kirby Fete

26/08/19

On Bank Holiday Monday 26th August I'll have my stand at Kirby Fete 12-5pm.

Guided Walk at Cockaynes Wood

30/08/19

Friday 30th August 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 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, common tern, hobby, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker, Cetti’s warbler; dragonflies & mining bees
Booking in advance please

What's That Wader?

02/09/19

On Monday 2nd September 10am-1pm I'm leading a "What's That Wader?" course at Fingringhoe Wick EWT. This week will include an introduction to waders and then focus on large waders. Can be done as a one-off session or as part of a 3-week course (also 9th & 16th September). For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

South East Essex RSPB Local Group

04/09/19

On Wednesday 4th September at 8pm at Belfairs Woodland Centre I'm giving a talk entitled "The Naze - beach, birds, blackberries & more" to South East Essex RSPB Local Group.

Ladybirders

04/09/19

Working with Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - leading guided birdwatching walks for ladies on alternate Wednesday mornings 10am-12noon. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Improve Your Birdwatching - Raptor ID

05/09/19

On Thursday 5th September 10am-4pm I'm leading an "Improve Your Birdwatching - Raptor ID" course for Essex Wildlife Trust at Abbotts Hall Farm. This will include a classroom session followed by a guided walk in search of birds of prey. After lunch we'll drive to Abberton Reservoir in search of more species. For further details and bookings please contact EWT admin on 01621 862960.

Wildlife & Photography

07/09/19

On Saturday 7th September 10am-1pm I'm leading a "Wildlife & Photography" course for Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve. This will include a classroom session followed by a guided walk to put the theory into practice. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

What's That Wader?

09/09/19

On Monday 9th September 10am-1pm I'm leading a "What's That Wader?" course at Fingringhoe Wick EWT. This week will focus on medium waders. Can be done as a one-off session or as part of a 3-week course (2nd, 9th & 16th September). For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Guided Walk at Fingringhoe Wick

13/09/19

Friday 13th September 10.00am-1.00pm Fingringhoe Wick EWT reserve
(£10 per person + £2 suggested reserve 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 or bring a picnic.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: waders (including black & bar tailed godwits, grey & golden plovers, avocet, greenshank, spotted redshank, knot, rarities possible), common buzzard, marsh harrier; scarcer species such as osprey or spoonbill possible
Booking in advance please

What's That Wader?

16/09/19

On Monday 16th September 10am-1pm I'm leading a "What's That Wader?" course at Fingringhoe Wick EWT. This week will focus on small waders. Can be done as a one-off session or as part of a 3-week course (2nd, 9th & 16th September). For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Ladybirders

18/09/19

Working with Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - leading guided birdwatching walks for ladies on alternate Wednesday mornings 10am-12noon. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Colchester EWT Local Group

19/09/19

On Thursday 19th September at 7.45pm at Shrub End Social Centre I'm giving a talk entitled "The Naze - beach, birds, blackberries & more" to Colchester EWT Local Group.

Wildlife boat trip, Walton

20/09/19

Friday 20th September 1.00-3.00pm wildlife boat trip
(£16 per person). We’ll be joining Tony Haggis again on board his boat “Karina” 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 12.45pm. 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 12 places so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: waders (including avocet, golden and grey plover, black tailed godwit), marsh harrier, Mediterranean gull, sandwich tern, rarities possible at this time of year! (We’re not going round the island this time, so less likely to see the seals.)
Booking in advance please

Lavenham Bird Club

21/09/19

On Saturday 21st September at 7.30pm I'm giving a talk entitled "A Wildlife Tour of East Anglia" to Lavenham Bird Club at the Lavenham Guildhall.

Guided Walk at Holland Haven

30/09/19

Monday 30th September 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: autumn migrants (eg warblers, wheatear), passage waders (eg ruff, godwits, sandpipers, golden plover), Mediterranean gull, marsh harrier, common buzzard. Rarities such as wryneck, shrikes, skuas possible!
Booking in advance please

Ladybirders

02/10/19

Working with Essex Wildlife Trust at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - leading guided birdwatching walks for ladies on alternate Wednesday mornings 10am-12noon. For further details and bookings please contact the visitor centre on 01206 729678.

Guided Walk at The Naze

11/10/19

Friday 11th October 10.00am-1.00pm The Naze
(£10 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. There’s the option to stay on for lunch in the visitor centre or bring a picnic.
It’s migration time so it’s hard to predict, and almost anything could turn up, but species we’ll be hoping to see include: brent geese, sanderling, warblers, firecrest, thrushes, skuas. Rarities such as yellow browed warbler, wryneck, red backed shrike, ring ouzel possible!
Booking in advance please

Guided Walk at Colne Point

24/10/19

Thursday 24th October 10.30am-12.30pm Colne Point EWT reserve
(£7 per person). Meet in the reserve car park at the far end of Lee Wick Lane, St Osyth. TM108125. Follow the lane through the farm, past the sewage works (where it becomes a rough surface) and over the seawall to the small car park area.
Species we’ll be hoping to see include: waders, corn bunting, rock pipit, grey partridge, marsh harrier, stonechat, black redstart or something rarer such as great grey shrike possible
Booking in advance please