Event Date Meeting Type Description
20-Sep-2020 Field Trip

CANCELLED - 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 autumn migrants such as Redstart, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat and warblers that may include Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and maybe even something rarer such as Barred Warbler! After lunch on to Holland Haven Country Park where we search for more autumn migants throughout the afternoon.

2-Oct-2020 Indoor Meeting

CANCELLED - BIRD SOUNDS - Local Essex Birder David Darrell-Lambert will guide us through some of the fantastic and interesting bird songs and sounds that we an expect to hear duing our 'Big County Birdwatch Weekend'

18-Oct-2020 Field Trip

CANCELLED - BRADWELL BIRD OBSERVATORY (CM0 7PW) and DENGIE MARSHES - A visit to the Dengie Coast and the area around Bradwell Bird Observatory during autumn migration where Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Harrier and many autumn migrants can be found in the scrub and bushes whilst vast numbers of waders feed out on the mudflats. The afetrnoon will be spent at the Bradwell Bird Observatory where we look for raptors over the saltmarsh.

6-Nov-2020 Indoor Meeting

FINDING WILDLIFE in EPPING FOREST - Peter Warne was invited to study and monitor the wildlife of Copped Hall, a restoration project just south of Epping. Peter will inform where to go and show us images of the wide variety of wildlife to be found in this area.

15-Nov-2020 Field Trip

CANCELLED - THAMESIDE EWT RESERVE (SS17 0RN) & RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ) - A return to these fabulous bird-filled reserves on the Thames estuary where the varied habitats will offer the chance to see a large selection of waders, gulls, wildfowl, raptors and much more. Both sites are blessed with excellent visitor centres which offer hot drinks and a selection of food in case it's cold!

4-Dec-2020 Indoor Meeting

BIRDING in KAZAKHSTAN - Rob Sheldon returns to show us some of the delights of Kazakhstan. This talk will highlight all of the key habitats and species that this amazing country has to offer including Black-winged Pratincole, Black and White-winged Larks in West Kazakhstan and Pallid Harrier in Central Kazakhstan as well as the fact that it is a hugely important area for migrating and breeding birds associated with extensive wetlands of the region. Mince pies served!

20-Dec-2020 Field Trip

CANCELLED - BOWERS MARSH RSPB RESERVE (SS13 2HG) - Four our final trip of the year we visit this great reserve in the south of the county. Bowers Marsh is made up of dry and wet grassland, fresh and saline lagoons, intertidal habitat, saltmarsh and arable areas which in turn attracts large numbers of wildfowl and waders plus gulls, raptors and many other species as we approach Christmas week.

10-Jan-2021 Field Trip

TITCHWELL RSPB RESERVE - This well-known reserve is a 'Mecca' for wintering species with so much to see during a winter visit, from Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter through to divers and grebes. Waders include Sanderling, Spotted Redshank and Golden Plover plus BeardedTit, Brambling, Woodcock, Snow Bunting, Water Rail, Barn Owl and Hen Harrier. CHELMSFORD ONLY

15-Jan-2021 Indoor Meeting

The KINGDOM of BHUTAN - 'LAND of the DRAGON' - A small country but one of the most diverse on Earth due to intact forests and an ancient culture that values nature (350-400 bird species). It is one of the least visited, only opening to tourism in the 1970's. Duncan Macdonald from 'Speyside Wildlife' will introduce us to some of the rewards - Ibisbill, Satyr Tragopan and Rufous-necked Hornbill to name but a few; this will be another first-rate presentation, well worth it!

5-Feb-2021 Indoor Meeting

FINLAND and NORWAY - 'LAND of the MIDNIGHT SUN' - Swallow Birding's Steve Grimwade takes us on a mid-summer journey through the marshes and forests of Finland showcasing species such as Great Grey and Tengmalm's Owls, Red-flanked Bluetail, Capercaillie and Little Bunting, before heading north into Norway where Pine Grosbeak, Brunnich's Guillemot, Siberian Tit and Long-tailed Skua all feature, plus stunning scenery and much, much more. Highly recommended.

14-Feb-2021 Field Trip

RUTLAND WATER RESERVE - Rutland Water in the Midlands holds the annual 'Bird Fair' in August and is home to the successful 'Osprey Re-introduction Programme'. In winter it offers opportunities to see Red Kite, Kingfisher, Goldeneye, Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Scaup, Great White Egret and rarer divers and grebes, plus the chance of Glaucous and Caspian Gulls. On our last visit we saw American Wigeon. Addmission charges apply. CHELMSFORD ONLY.

5-Mar-2021 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 Stresermann's Bush Crow and Simien Wolf, many of which are fascinating but critically endangered!

2-Apr-2021 Indoor Meeting

ICELAND 'and BACK' - Brian Nobbs takes us to Iceland looking at the birds and their habitats ranging from Brunnich's Guillemots and Puffins on the lava cliffs to Red-necked Phalaropes, divers and Slavonian Grebes on the lakes and Harlequin Ducks on the streams. Whooper Swans, Pink-footed Geese and many waders migrate to and from, or via, the UK (hence the "and back") and we can compare them on their breeding grounds and wintering grounds and examine their migration routes.

18-Apr-2021 Field Trip

CARLTON MARSHES SWT RESERVE - A first time visit to this amazing reserve on the edge of 'The Broads'. A £4 million pound Heritage Lottery grant enabled the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to create over 1,000 acres of pristine habitat which has encouraged species such as Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Bearded Tit and Otter plus breeding waders such as Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing. New hides and trails plus a great centre with amazing views make this a great early spring destination. STANWAY PICK-UPS AS REQUIRED.

16-May-2021 Field Trip

LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE - A spring visit to this brilliant Fenland reserve is a delight where we can expect species such as Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Barn Owl, Cetti's Warbler and Cuckoo plus lots more. CHEMLSFORD ONLY.

20-Jun-2021 Field Trip

STRUMPSHAW FEN RSPB RESERVE - Set in the wild and beautiful Yare Valley near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is a great place to see the varied wildlife of the Norfolk Broads. As well as breeding species such as Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warble, Bittern and Hobby the reserve is a great place to see Swallowtail Butterflies plus Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and a wide selection of orchids and rare plants. CHELMSFORD ONLY.