Wednesday 28th August 2019
BLUE HOUSE FARM ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST RESERVE
We spend the day at this excellent reserve on the banks of the River Crouch where we hope to see passage waders, birds of prey, wildfowl and lots of interesting insects and flora.
Wednesday 11th September 2019
LANDGUARD POINT, FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK
The migration hotspot of Landguard Point is renowned for rare migrants and an autumn visit can be very rewarding depending on weather conditions. Possible species such as Eurasian Wryneck, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel plus warblers and flycatchers. There is also an excellent café nearby!
Wednesday 25th September 2019
CUDMORE GROVE & EAST MERSEA
A circular walk takes us past Cudmore Grove Country Park and along the Pyefleet Channel before heading back into the Country Park. We can expect to see plenty of waders, wildfowl, raptors and migrants plus a chance of Red Squirrel!
Wednesday 9th October 2019
THE NAZE & HOLLAND HAVEN
A day spent at the excellent sites of The Naze and Holland Haven. During the morning we will explore the scrubby habitat and coastal lagoons at The Naze where in the past we have seen Richard’s Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Firecrest and other migrants. After lunch we head south to Holland Haven and spend the afternoon birding the country park where Short-eared Owl, Caspian Gull, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Eurasian Wryneck have been seen on previous visits.
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
GUNNERS PARK & TWO TREE ISLAND EWT RESERVES
A visit to South East Essex to look for migrants and wintering species with an emphasis on waders and wildfowl. Flocks of waders crowd onto the lagoons at Two Tree Island and at Gunners Park, vast flocks of Sanderling and Dunlin can be found at high tide, plus Brent Geese streaming into their wintering grounds on the Essex coast.
Thursday 21st November 2019
RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE
We spend the day at this fabulous RSPB reserve on the north shore of the River Thames. Winter birding can produce Bearded Tits, Cetti’s Warblers, Western Marsh Harriers plus the chance of Western Barn Owl, Great Egret plus vast flocks of wildfowl and waders. There is a superb café on site that will certainly be visited!
Sunday 1st December 2019
WALLASEA WETLANDS RSPB RESERVE
A superb site on the southern shore of the River Crouch with a variety of habitats from lagoons, grasslands and ditches through to estuary and scrub which attract wonderful species such as Hen & Western Marsh Harriers, Short-eared and Western Barn Owl, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon plus thousands of Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Teal. All this and lots of wintering waders make this a great winter destination!
Wednesday 18th December 2019
We conclude our Localbirder programme for the year with a visit to Abberton Reservoir which is one of the best locations on the East Coast for winter birding. Whilst exploring the many watchpoints, hides and causeways we can expect a good day list with species such as Eurasian Bittern, Great Egret, Smew, Goosander, Western Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and possible rarities such as Ring-necked Duck or Green-winged Teal. A trip not to be missed!