May 162022
 
Fingringhoe Wick Trip Report

Eleven of the group met at this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve on the River Colne.  After several windy days we were met beautiful sunny day with an almost cloudless sky.   This reserve has a mix of habitats including woodland, scrub, marsh and a relatively new intertidal area where the river wall was breached to allow […]

Jan 312022
 
Oare marshes - 29th January

Fourteen met at Oare car park for our walk.    The strong breeze did make walking and hearing birds a bit of a challenge and telescopes were shaking at times, but the sun shone and we had a good day with some great birds. We started off at the slipway – it’s always exciting to […]

Jan 092022
 
Colour-ringed Common Redshank at Reculver

I have had a reply regarding the colour-ringed common redshank seen by members of the group at Reculver on 2nd January. The colour rings were seen really well on Steve’s photograph: left leg: yellow over blue flag right leg: green over white The information has come back confirming that the bird was ringed by Swale Wader […]

Aug 122021
 
Oare Marshes 8th August

An enthusiastic group met in the car park at Oare, some bearing news of birds they had already seen, wood sandpiper being one, and those that had already left – the Bonaparte’s gull had flown off with a group of black-headed gulls some ten minutes earlier!    Tempted by the thought of the sandpiper we […]

Aug 062019
 
Rye Harbour

Nineteen members of the group managed to negotiate the closures of the M20 for our trip to this excellent Reserve.    Established as a Local Nature Reserve in 1970, three years later the ‘Friends of Rye Harbour’ group was formed, over the years these members have played a major role in funding and giving voluntary […]

Sep 232018
 
Rain in Rainham!

Autumn has arrived and a merry band of seven well prepared group members met at Rainham Marshes on a very wet Sunday morning.  It seemed as if the house sparrows were feeling in a similar mood – as we gathered in the shelter of the visitor centre, they were gathering under the bird house feeder […]

Jan 062018
 
Shellness and Capel Fleet

Thirteen stalwart (and well wrapped up) members of the Group met at Leysdown on Saturday morning for our first group outing of 2018.   With a biting north wind, we needed those layers.   The tide was out when we arrived.   We were greeted by a pied wagtail on the seawall, and several black-headed […]

May 232017
 
Thursley Common trip report

Thursley Common is a special habitat which is home to a host of specialised plants, insects and birds.  At first sight the sandy heathland with scattered stands of trees and the low lying bogs can seem empty of life, but stand still for a few minutes, or look down closely near where you’re standing, or look […]

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