Event Date Meeting Type Description
18-Aug-2019 Field Trip

The BIRD FAIR – The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton reserve on Rutland Water is home of the annual ‘Bird Fair’, where you can see and try the latest products; attend events and talks; view fine art or taste some great local food. You may see Osprey or a Red Kite. Chelmsford only

6-Sep-2019 Indoor Meeting

ALASKA BIRDS and WILDLIFE – Dr Samantha Franks, a research Ecologist with the BTO, entertains us with the fabulous species to be found in the largest state in America. More than twice the size of Texas! Horned & Tufted Puffin, Divers & Bald Eagle all feature in the mountains, glaciers & temperate forests.


15-Sep-2019 Field Trip

DUNGENESS RSPB RESERVE – This unique habitat of shingle protrudes into the English Channel and is often the ‘hot spot’ for migrants along the Kent coast – gulls, warblers, chats, grebe and divers are just a few of the species that can be seen on migration. Shenfield & Grays pick-up as required.

4-Oct-2019 Indoor Meeting

‘HOOKPOD’ – Becky Ingram from Hookpod Ltd demonstrates this excellent invention that benefits the birds that roam the southern Oceans without affecting the catch yields of the fishermen. Species like the Wandering Albatross, Petrels and Shearwaters can glide over the waves safely without the fear of becoming caught by conventional fishing methods.

13-Oct-2019 Field Trip

WALTON-on-the-NAZE (CO14 8LE) & HOLLAND HAVEN (CO15 5TX) – A trip to the north-east of the county starting at the Naze and around the John Weston reserve area for winter migrants such as Short-eared Owl, Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Firecrest, Brent Geese and the possibility that a rarity might be found like Yellow-browed Warbler or Ring Ouzel or Wryneck. Then on to Holland Haven Country Park during the afternoon to complete the day in north-east Essex.

1-Nov-2019 Indoor Meeting

On the TRAIL of the CRANE – PART ONE – Ralph and Brenda Todd take us on a journey through Europe. Following the migration route from the Cranes breeding grounds in Spain, through northern France into Sweden where they congregate for their courtship ritual and dances and finally into Finland. Ralph and Brenda also touch on the history and future of Cranes in England?

17-Nov-2019 Field Trip

HOLKHAM NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE – In the heart of the north Norfolk coast at this time of year it is home to thousands of Pink-foot Geese, Marsh Harriers and skies filled with winter waders and wildfowl. And there is always the possibility of a rarity turning up. Chelmsford only

6-Dec-2019 Indoor Meeting

BIRDS of NORTH and NORTH-EAST BRAZIL – Graham Ekins takes us to this fabulous and rarely visited area of Brazil, home to 185 of the 325 Brazilian endemics. Lear’s Macaw, Araripe Manakin, Fringe-backed Fire-eye, Slender Antbird, Giant Snipe, Long-tailed Nightjar, Rusty-barred and Tawny-browed Owls all feature! Graham’s most popular talk – Not to be missed

15-Dec-2019 Field Trip

CUDMORE GROVE COUNTRY PARK (CO5 8UE) – Located at the eastern end of Mersea Island where winter divers, grebe and wildfowl can be seen with possible raptors such as Merlin, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine.

3-Jan-2020 Indoor Meeting

The GAMBIA – ‘Swallow Birding’ Steve Grimwade takes us around many of the birding highlights of the smallest country in Africa and along the river Gambia; Goliath Heron, various species of Bee-eater and Roller, owls and other raptors all feature in this excellent presentation. Highly recommended

19-Jan-2020 Field Trip

LACKFORD LAKES SWT RESERVE & LYNFORD ARBORETUM – The Lackford reedbed has so much potential to see Water Rail, Kingfisher and winter thrushes. The Lynford habitat offers Brambling, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Firecrest and possible Goshawk. Chelmsford only

7-Feb-2020 Indoor Meeting

BIRDING along the FRENCH ATLANTIC COAST – Dougal Urquhart takes us on a journey to various coastal locations such as Il de Noirmoutier, Il de Re, Arcachon Bay, Marais d’Orx and down to the Spanish border, which is particularly rewarding in autumn when migrants are heading south.

16-Feb-2020 Field Trip

WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE (SS4 2DY) – Development of this ‘Wild Essex Coast’ for wildlife is now complete and attracting Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, flocks of waders and wildfowl with Hen and Marsh Harrier.

6-Mar-2020 Indoor Meeting

BIRDS of HEL! – Jonathan Forgham has completed this 50 mile walk twice, once in April for migratory birds and then in freezing February for winter species. A fascinating place with plenty to offer bird watchers. In total over 80 species were recorded along the ‘Footpath to Hel’. (after AGM at 19:30)

21-Mar-2020 Conference

’WOODLAND BIRDS’ CONSERVATION CONFERENCE in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, CM1 3RP. A full day event. Programme of lectures and speakers coming soon. 

21-Mar-2020 Field Trip

’WOODLAND BIRDS’ CONSERVATION CONFERENCE in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, CM1 3RP. A full day event. Programme of lectures and speakers coming soon.

3-Apr-2020 Indoor Meeting

WILD ETHIOPIA – Steve Cale, artist, photographer and tour guide provides a look at the fantastic wildlife and habitats of this huge amazing country. Home to many rare and unusual creatures such as Stresemann’s Bush Crow and Simien Wolf, many of which are fascinating but critically endangered!  

19-Apr-2020 Field Trip

BLASHFORD LAKES HWT RESERVE – A beautiful 360 acre patchwork of wildlife rich habitat In the New Forest where Nightingale, Dartford Warbler, Bittern, Brambling, Siskin, Kingfisher and Little Ringed Plover are all possible across the varied habitats. Shenfield and Grays pick-ups as required

17-May-2020 Field Trip

MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE – Probably the best reserve on the Suffolk coast, with so many habitats where we could see Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Cetti’s Warbler, Bearded Tit, Avocet, Hobby, Mediterranean Gull and terns. Over 100 species should be possible. Chelmsford only

14-Jun-2020 Field Trip

THURSLEY COMMON NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE – Thursley Common is a special wet heathland habitat where Dartford Warbler, Hobby, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Woodlark along with many summer migrants, dragonflies and butterflies can be seen. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required