Big County Birdwatch

The Essex Birdwatching Society celebrated its 70th anniversary this year and with an autumn birdwatching event from the 20th and 23rd September and a challenge to see as many species as possible over the weekend.  A big thanks to all who took part in the BCBW70, to the volunteers that lead guided walks throughout the county, for those who attended joined in with those walks and to everyone who took the time to record their sightings. for the BCBW70.

If you haven't already done so please could you submit your sightings either using the online form or by returning the paper forms by post to the address provided on the form.

The closing date for submitting these forms is 30th September.

Latest Highlights

Saturday 09 Nov
Naze, The: 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Black-throated Diver
TQ5993: 2 Raven
Friday 08 Nov
Abberton Reservoir: 2 Bewick's Swan, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 13 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret
Beckton: 1 Kingfisher
Naze, The: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Cetti's Warbler
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier
Thursday 07 Nov
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury: 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Bullfinch
Chigborough Lakes: 3 Bullfinch
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 2 Egyptian Goose
Abberton Reservoir: 17 Goosander, 1 Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Bewick's Swan, 14 Egyptian Goose

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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