Essex Birding Winter 2018/Spring 2019

In addition to regular features such as the Chairman's Watchpoint, Wood's warblings and latest news, this edition includes articles on: 

The Gambia 

The second instalment by Lesley Collins of an account from a birdwatching trip to Gambia with Swallow Birding.

The Wetland Bird Survey

Dawn Balmer describes the work of the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)  which is the monitoring scheme for non-breeding waterbirds in the UK and which aims to provide principal data for the conservation of their populations and wetland habitats.

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Issue No 133

An Andalucian Adventure

A desire to escape from an English winter, coupled with the opportunity to see some good birds and the possibility of the rare Iberian Lynx, led Diana and John Camp to join a trip to Andalucia organised by Avian Adventures.

'Hen Harrier Day' in Essex - 11th Aug 2018

EbwS members joined the many locals and supporters from outside of Essex to gather at Rainham Marshes reserve in order to voice their strong objections to driven grouse shooting in England and the persecution of the majestic Hen Harrier. Gerry Johnson describes why events like these are so important to come along to and show our support.

Indoor Meetings

  • Birds of the Russian Far East, 7th Sep 2018 - Chris Collins gave an excellent talk about the birds on the chain of islands located between the Sea of Okhotsk and the north Pacific Ocean.
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  • Hatfield Forest - Its History, Management and Wildlife, 5th Oct 2018 - In a change to the scheduled talk, David Simmonds stepped in at short notice to provide a talk about one of Essex's most famous forests that once covered a considerable part of the county.
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  • The Wildlife of Eastern Europe, 2nd Nov 2018 - Steve Grimwade of Essex based Wildlife Holiday company 'Swallow Birding', took us on a journey through Hungary, Belarus, Bulgaria and Poland describing the diverse wealth of birds and other wildlife that these countries have to offer.
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  • Wildlife of Cuba, 7th Dec 2018 - Graham Ekins gave an informative talk on his visit to Cuba in March 2017, an island famous for nearly 30 endemic birds and a major migration route for North American species.

Programme 2018/2019

Field Trips

Reports on the Field Trips organised by the society:

  • The 'Bird Fair', Rutland Water, 19th Aug 2018
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  • Snettisham RSPB Reserve and Coastal Park, 16th Sep 2018 
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  • The 'Naze' & Holland Haven, 21st Oct 2018 
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  • Oare Marshes KWT Reserve, 11th Nov 2018
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  • Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 9th Dec 2018

World Curlew Day at St Lawrence Church

21st April 2018 was designated as World Curlew day, with many of the eight species worldwide facing the threat of extinction. Paul Davis organised a Curlew awareness and art exhibition at St. Lawrence Church Annexe to raise funds for Curlew conservation.

Essex Little Tern Project - 2018 Report

Paul Davis gives a report of the status of the Little Tern in Essex, one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds that has suffered chronic declines over the past 25 years.

Lymington and Keyhaven Nature Reserves Walk

Robert Chapman, Senior Reserves Officer describes the excellent bird life that can be seen on the walk that runs along the seawall between Lymington Harbour and Keyhaven Harbour.  

The Swift Year 2018 and other notes

John Smart provides an update on the work to gather data on how UK Swifts have fared in 2018.

Together, We will Win

Paul Bray explains why we all have a part to play in fighting Wildlife Crime and suggests some practical things that we can do to make a difference.

The Essex Birdwatching Society Identification Panel (EBSIP)

Simon Wood describes the work of EBSIP which is tasked by the society to assess records of the scarcer Essex birds. 

Bird Reports May - Oct 2018

Bird reports from around the county including Abberton Reservoir, Dengie Peninsula, Foulness Island, Hanningfield Reservoir, Langdon Hills and Thameside Nature Park, Maldon area, Mersea Island, Metropolitan Essex and Lea Valley, North-east Essex, RSPB Rainham Marhses, Southend area, Wat Tyler and Vange Marshes.

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