|Halstead: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker|
|Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO): 1 Dartford Warbler|
|Wormingford, Colchester: 2 Peregrine Falcon|
|Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 2 Egyptian Goose|
|Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT: 1 Brambling, 1 Kingfisher|
|Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury: 3 Twite|
|Abberton Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Bewick's Swan, 6 Great White Egret, 2 Scaup|
Saturday 21st March 2020, Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Writtle University College, Writtle, CM1 3RP
08:45-09:45 Registration and refreshments – with time to view the exhibits and displays
10:00-10:05 Welcome address by GERRY JOHNSON, EBwS Chairman
MORNING SESSION Chaired by PETER DWYER, EBwS Membership Secretary
10:05-10:40 ”THE HISTORY OF ESSEX WOODLANDS” Dr CHRIS GIBSON FBNA,
10:40-10:50 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Chris Gibson
10:50-11:25 ”THE BIRDS OF CHALKNEY WOODS” DOUGAL URQUHART, Warden of Chalkney Woods for over twenty years
11:25-11:35 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Dougal Urquhart
11:35-12:10 ”BARS AND SPOTS – FORTUNES OF OUR WOODPECKERS” KEN SMITH,
12:10-12:20 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Ken Smith
12:20-13:40 ’Light’ sandwich lunch break – time for informal discussions with speakers and to view the displays
AFTERNOON SESSION Chaired by PETER DWYER, EBwS Membership Secretary
13:40-14:15 ”OWLS – SECRETS OF THE NIGHT” MIKE TOMS, Head of Communications for the British Trust for Ornithology
14:15-14:25 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Mike Toms
14:25-15:00 ”LOOKING FOR THE GOSHAWK – THE LOST RAPTOR” CONOR JAMESON, Author and Conservationist
15:00-15:10 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Conor Jameson
15:10-15:45 ”WOODLAND BIRD SPECIES” To be confirmed STEVE CALE, Artist, Photographer and Tour Guide
15:45-15:55 Beyond the Podium – up to ten minutes of delegate’s ‘Questions & Answers’ with Steve Cale
15:55-16:30 Summing up by GERRY JOHNSON and ‘Grand Raffle’ draw with so many splendid prizes to be won.
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 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.