6th EBwS Conference

Tickets on sale now!

The 2024 Essex Birdwatching Society Conference takes place on Saturday 23rd March and the theme is 'Birds and Birding - past, present & future'

This year's conference promises to be one of the best yet, with six eminent speakers giving talks covering the history, the present day, and a glimpse of the future on a wide range of subjects as follows:

  • 'Captivated by Wildlife' - Roy Atkins (Speyside Wildlife)
  • 'Birds - Live in Concert' - Paul Howden-Leach (Wild Acoustics)
  • 'The Changing Nature of Recording and Studying Birds' - Phil Atkinson (BTO)
  • 'Britain's Birdlife - What the Future Might Hold' - Malcolm Ausden (RSPB)
  • 'Avian Reintroduction - Past, Present & Future' - Matt Phelps (Sussex Wildlife Trust)
  • 'Essential Birding Gear - from Evolution to Revolution' - Mike Alibone (Birdwatch Magazine)

As with previous conferences, there will be display stands from organisations including:

  • Viking Optical
  • Swallow Birding & Wildlife 
  • Operation Turtle Dove
  • Limosa Holidays
  • Liz Huxley
  • Speyside Wildlife
  • Neotropical Bird Club
  • Essex Libraries
  • Richard Allen Art
  • Essex Birdwatching Society

There'll be a light buffet lunch and the day finishes with a grand raffle with some great prizes* including:

  • Osprey 8x42 Binoculars (Viking Optical)
  • Kestrel 8x42 Binoculars (Viking Optical)
  • Personalised Birding Day for Two (Swallow Birding & Wildlife)
  • Ultima 10x42 Binoculars (Celestron)
  • Bird News Ultimate & Birdwatch Subscription (Birdwatch Magazine)
  • Coach Day Trip for Two (Essex Birdwatching Society)
  • South Portugal DVD & Catalonia Book (Easy Birder)
  • Zeiss Binocular Harness (Mark & Marilyn Bridges)
  • EBwS Sweatshirt of your Choice (Essex Birdwatching Society)
  • Quality Fat Ball Feeder & Fat Balls (Essex Birdwatching Society)
  • 'The Hen Harrier' by Donald Watson (Alan Shearring)
  • A Year's Membership to EBwS (Essex Birdwatching Society)

Everything's included in the excellent value ticket price of just £25 per person. You don't have to be a member to attend, the conference is open to everybody, but spaces are limited and tickets are selling fast. If you'd like to attend please email us at with your name and how many tickets you'd like.

Viking Optical, EBwS' preferred optics partner, are sponsoring the conference and have kindly donated a pair of their top of the range 8x42 Osprey binoculars (rrp £499) and a pair of 8x42 Kestrel binoculars (rrp £259) as raffle prizes. Viking stock a huge range of quality binoculars, scopes and accessories from leading manufacturers including Swarovski, Zeiss and Leica, as well as their own range of great value optics. Products can be fully tested at their showroom in Halesworth,Suffolk (IP19 8EN) where exclusive discounts are available to EBwS members**.

We hope you'll be able to join us for what promises to be a great day. 

See you in March...

*You don't have to attend the conference to enter the raffle - simply email and let us know how many tickets you'd like (multiples of five, a book of five costs £5). You can pay by BACS, we'll post your tickets to you and notify you by email should you win.
** Simply quote your EBwS membership number instore to qualify for discount. If you don't know your membership number you can request it by emailing