Welcome to the Essex Birdwatching Society (EBwS) - the county body for everyone interested in the birds of Essex, UK.


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Little Terns

The little terns have returned from their winter feeding grounds in West Africa to breed on the Essex coast.

This week we have confirmed our first nest with 3 eggs at the RSPB Old Hall Marshes colony with promises of more as early bird numbers have been encouraging and the birds are nesting around 2 weeks earlier than last year.

We have organised 2 special evening boat trips from West Mersea to view the colony and other wildlife whilst experiencing the ever changing light of an Essex salt-marsh sunset.  Ideal for all nature enthusiasts and photographers.


Thursday 13th June 7.30 - 9.30pm

Wednesday 26th June 7.30 - 9.30pm

Details and booking can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rspb-old-hall-marshes-21621935438

A discount is available for RSPB members.

BNA Conference 2019

British Naturalists' Association Conference - Saturday 11th May

A diverse day of Marine talks and Forest Wildlife exploration. Lectures include Seabird & Sandeel Research by Sarah Wanless. Sarah’s work is to understand the impact of global change on marine top predators, particularly seabirds. Most of her research is field-based, much of it on the Isle of May. Her current research extends beyond the breeding season and uses traditional and bio-logging approaches to track individuals year round. This work proved essential to the conservation of marine ecosystems and resulted in the ban of sand eel fisheries in the western North Sea. The other lectures feature Maya Plass and Dr Tom Cameron from University of Essex.

For more information about the day and to book your place go to https://bna-naturalists.org/conference-2019/

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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