Big County Birdwatch
Participants
22
Locations
23
Species
124

What is the BCBW70?

The Essex Birdwatching Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary and we invite you to go Birdwatching this autumn. Whether it's 7 minutes in the garden, or 17 minutes looking out of your window, or 70 minutes during lunch at work, or a couple of hours in the park or a part day, or a complete day out, over the four days. On your own, with family or friends or on an organised walk at one of Essex's fantastic nature reserves we want to know how many different bird species you can find in the county.

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' runs from Friday 20th September through to Monday 23rd September 2019 throughout the rich variety of habitats in Essex. There are organised walks at many different locations including EWT Fingringhoe Wick and RSPB Rainham Marshes over this long weekend and ALL are welcome to take part. David Lindo Endorses BCBW70

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' is a 70/70 challenge. The Society is 70 - can you spot 70 species in a single day or over the four days? You can submit your sightings online or download a recording form and let us know how many birds you see, where and when. All entries will receive a certificate to commemorate taking part in this special Essex celebration challenge.

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Watch David Lindo endorse BCBW70

Organised Walks

Sun 22 Sep
 Sun 22 Sep  10:00   EWT Fingringhoe Wick

10am EWT Fingringhoe Wick with Steve Grimwade - open to all (90 mins)

 Sun 22 Sep  10:00   Walthamstow Wetlands Centre

10am Walthamstow Wetlands Centre with David Darrell Lambert (3hrs) - Meet outside visitor centre

-Register via Birdbrain UK Tel: 07977 407550 Email: david@birdbrainuk.com (30 people max)

 Sun 22 Sep  12:00   EWT Fingringhoe Wick

12 noon EWT Fingringhoe Wick with Steve Grimwade - open to all (90 mins)

 Sun 22 Sep  13:00   Rainham Marshes Reserve

1pm RSPB Rainham Marshes Reserve - Register via RSPB Rainham Marshes Tel: 01708 899851 Email: rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk (20 people max)

 Sun 22 Sep  13:00   Walthamstow Wetlands Centre

1pm Walthamstow Wetlands Centre with David Darrell Lambert (3hrs) - Meet outside visitor centre - Register via Birdbrain UK Tel: 07977 407550 Email: david@birdbrainuk.com (30 people max)

 Sun 22 Sep  14:00   RSPB Wallasea Island

2pm RSPB Wallasea Island with RSPB Guide (2hrs) - (20 people max)

Register via South Essex Reserves Tel: 01268 498620 Email: southessex@rspb.org.uk

 Sun 22 Sep  14:00   EWT Fingringhoe Wick

2pm EWT Fingringhoe Wick with Steve Grimwade - open to all (90 mins)

Mon 23 Sep
 Mon 23 Sep  09:30   EWT Abberton Reservoir

9:30am EWT Abberton Reservoir with Steve Grimwade (Meet in centre car park)

 Mon 23 Sep  10.15   Hatfield Forest

10.15am Hatfield Forest with David Simmonds - open to all (2hrs) - Meet at Lake carpark.

Email: djsimmonds@aol.com

 Mon 23 Sep  15:00   RSPB West Canvey Marsh

3pm RSPB West Canvey Marsh with the RSPB South Essex Team (2hrs) (20 people max) Register via South Essex Reserves Tel: 01268 498620 Email: southessex@rspb.org.uk

Latest Highlights

Friday 20 Sep
Holland Haven: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Abberton Reservoir: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Black Swan, 7 Great White Egret
Walton-on-The-Naze: 1 Osprey
Hamford Water: 1 Osprey
Thursday 19 Sep
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT): 2 Kingfisher
Colne Pt: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Abberton Reservoir: 2 Spoonbill, 7 Great White Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Kingfisher, 31 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Mandarin Duck
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea: 1 Peregrine Falcon
East Tilbury: 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler

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The Big County Birdwatch 70

The Essex Birdwatching Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary and we invite you to go Birdwatching this autumn. Whether it's 7 minutes in the garden, or 17 minutes looking out of your window, or 70 minutes during lunch at work, or a couple of hours in the park or a part day, or a complete day out, over the four days. On your own, with family or friends or on an organised walk at one of Essex's fantastic nature reserves we want to know how many different bird species you can find in the county.

The Big County Birdwatch

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' runs from Friday 20th September through to Monday 23rd September 2019 throughout the rich variety of habitats in Essex. There are organised walks at many different locations including EWT Fingringhoe Wick and RSPB Rainham Marshes over this long weekend and ALL are welcome to take part. 

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' is a 70/70 challenge. The Society is 70 - can you spot 70 species in a single day or over the four days? You can submit your sightings online or download a recording form and let us know how many birds you see, where and when. All entries will receive a certificate to commemorate taking part in this special Essex celebration challenge.

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For the yearly joint Winter Birding Day event with local wildlife tour company Swallow Birding it was great to see so many people come out despite a far from favourable weather forecast for the day, and join the two guided walks with tour leader Steve Grimwade around the nature reserve.  

Over 40 people enjoyed views of waders and wildfowl that included Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet plus Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Kingfisher which delighted everyone!

The visitor centre was buzzing with people and by the end of the day, there were just a few crumbs of cake left in the catering area with the Cherry and Almond Scones, freshly baked that morning being a particular favourite.

Thanks to the staff and volunteers and all those who visited, for making the day a great success. We look forward to repeating the day again next year.

We are currently looking for short papers on Essex birds for the 2016 and 2017 Essex Bird Reports. The paper can be on identification, a particular site or indeed anything bird related provided that Essex is involved. For examples of previous papers, please see old Reports. If anyone thinks they have something suitable please contact Simon Wood through the following email essexbirdwatchingsociety@gmail.com

Participants
22
Locations
23
Species
124