Welcome to the Essex Birdwatching Society (EBwS) - the county body for everyone interested in the birds of Essex, UK.


Latest Highlights

Thursday 14 Feb
Easton Lodge, near Dunmow: 2 Grey Partridge
Chigborough Lakes: 1 Bullfinch
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 1 Egyptian Goose
Abberton Reservoir: 3 Great White Egret, 5 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Egyptian Goose, 5 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon
Wednesday 13 Feb
Wivenhoe: 2 Lesser Redpoll
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury: 1 Marsh Tit
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 14 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Great White Egret
Abberton Reservoir: 2 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Scaup, 3 Great White Egret, 9 Smew, 8 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon

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Winter Birding Day

Winter Birding Day at Fingringhoe Wick EWT Reserve - Sunday 27th January 2019 10.00am - 4.00pm

Come along to Fingringhoe Wick EWT reserve for this annual event with the EBwS and Essex-based Wildlife holiday company ‘Swallow Birding’ for a day with guided bird walks around the nature reserve with expert guides. There will also be help with bird identification, great food and drink in the tearoom during the day and a chance to renew your EBwS subscriptions! Don’t miss out, we hope to see you there for this FREE event.

Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes 2018 - Saturday 11 August, 11am

On Saturday 11th August RSPB Rainham Marshes is hosting an event organized by Birders Against Wildlife Crime to mark Hen Harrier Day 2018 – to celebrate hen harriers and publicise their plight.

We'd like to invite you to join us for this rally, which will include speakers and activities suitable for all, including for families! Speakers confirmed so far include David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and RSPB Director of Conservation Martin Harper. All money raised goes to Birders Against Wildlife Crime and they'll be giving an update about their raptor satellite tagging project too.

We're anticipating a busy day and are urging people to use public transport – the reserve is just a ten minute walk from Purfleet station on the C2C line. Additional car parking is also available in Purfleet at the public car park just west of the train station.

The car park will open at 8am, and the main rally with speeches is set to start at 11 am. The speeches will take place in the marquee field near the Marshland Discovery Zone so leave yourself 15 minute or so to wander down.

Join us in saying ‘We want our Hen Harriers back’! Watch this space and @HHDayLondon for more updates. Look forward to seeing you there!

More info here… http://henharrierday.org/

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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 essexbirdwatchingsociety@gmail.com