EBwS Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

It should also be noted that ALL further indoor meetings and field trip meetings, as shown on the 2019-2020 fixture card, are cancelled. 

The new fixture card for 2020-2021 will be sent out in July with the next issue of Essex Birding magazine when it is hoped we can resume with our meetings from August 2020 onwards”.

Mystery Bird Competition

Mystery Bird Competition


Try your hand at identifying these mystery birds. All these birds have been seen in the UK and have been cropped to make things a little trickier! Answers are on the last page. Good luck! 

Try the Quizz


Latest Highlights

Friday 07 Aug
Braintree: 2 Crossbill
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Garganey, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Black Swan
Thorndon CP (South): 1 Bullfinch
Witham: 1 Red Kite
Laindon: 1 Red Kite
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries: 1 Little Ringed Plover
Wednesday 05 Aug
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Garganey, 1 Red-crested Pochard
Billericay: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
Monday 03 Aug
Beckton: 1 Arctic Tern

Latest News

Stay at Home Wildlife Recorders Club

The British Naturalists Association have set up this online club to record all the sightings in gardens during the Covid-19 crisis. This is a great opportunity for everyone to take part in a BNA Citizen Science Project watching and recording nature in your garden. Full details are below.


1. Record only those species of birds, butterflies, wild flowers etc. that you see in your garden or from your garden or house.

2. Birds that you see flying that do not land in your garden can be recorded as can animals, deer etc. that you might spot from your garden in a nearby field so long as you can see them without leaving your garden or house

3. Any wildlife you spot whilst taking exercise away from your house or garden should not be included in your records.

4. Only record on your chart a species once, the first time you see it.  If you see for instance a robin on a number of occasions in your garden do not record it on your chart every time you see it.

5. A chart is provided for you to keep a record of your own individual sightings, but feel free to produce your own chart.

6. Encourage others in your area to record wildlife sightings and then set up an online community group.  Nominate a co-ordinator and send your sightings to that person to combine sightings onto one chart.

7. We have a team of experienced naturalists who can help identify difficult species. Please take a photo and send it to chairman@bna-naturalists.org and we can help you



Websites to help with identification

Birds:  www.rspb.org

Butterflies: www.butterfly-conservation.org   also  www.ukbutterflies.co.uk  

Wildflowers:  www.seasonalwildflowers.com  also www.wildflowerfinder.org.uk

Dragonflies: www.dragonflysoc.org.uk

Bugs: www.britishbugs.org.uk

Also for a range of species:  www.first-nature.com

RSPB Old Hall Marshes car park closure

The RSPB have decided to no longer open the gate to RSPB Old Hall Marshes at the weekend, as of the 1st of February 2020. It will remain open as normal during the weekdays. It will still also be able to arrange access for organised groups wishing to access the reserve at the weekend.

Attached is a note that explains why they are doing this - as a result of a review of into the amount of resource put into maintaining a 7 day week operation at the reserve. By removing this they will be able to put more resource and time into carrying out vital conservation tasks and still maintain site security and prevent anti-social behaviour occurring on the reserve.

Old Hall Marshes Car Park Closure