Latest Highlights

Tuesday 20 Aug
Naze, The: 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher
Colne Pt: 2 Grey Partridge
Friday Wood: 1 Spotted Flycatcher
Monday 19 Aug
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Chigborough Lakes: 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Kingfisher
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Great White Egret
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge: 1 Peregrine Falcon
Sunday 18 Aug
Weald CP, near South Weald: 1 Red Kite, 1 Bullfinch
Heybridge GP: 4 Cetti's Warbler
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Osprey, 1 Wood Sandpiper

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Ban Driven Grouse Shooting

Pictures of a Golden Eagle flying in Cairngorms National Park with an illegal trap clamped to its leg has sparked outrage amongst conservationists and members of the public. 

You can see these shocking pictures on the rarebirdalert website here

A petition has been setup and you haven’t already done so  - please consider signing this petition to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting

The Big County Birdwatch 70

The Essex Birdwatching Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary and we invite you to go Birdwatching this autumn. Whether it's 7 minutes in the garden, or 17 minutes looking out of your window, or 70 minutes during lunch at work, or a couple of hours in the park or a part day, or a complete day out, over the four days. On your own, with family or friends or on an organised walk at one of Essex's fantastic nature reserves we want to know how many different bird species you can find in the county.

The Big County Birdwatch

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' runs from Friday 20th September through to Monday 23rd September 2019 throughout the rich variety of habitats in Essex. There are organised walks at many different locations including EWT Fingringhoe Wick and RSPB Rainham Marshes over this long weekend and ALL are welcome to take part. 

'The BIG County Birdwatch70' is a 70/70 challenge. The Society is 70 - can you spot 70 species in a single day or over the four days? You can submit your sightings online or download a recording form and let us know how many birds you see, where and when. All entries will receive a certificate to commemorate taking part in this special Essex celebration challenge.

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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