Event Date Meeting Type Description
20-Jun-2021 Field Trip

CANCELLED - STRUMPSHAW FEN RSPB RESERVE - Set in the wild and beautiful Yare Valley near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is a great place to see the varied wildlife of the Norfolk Broads. As well as breeding species such as Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warble, Bittern and Hobby the reserve is a great place to see Swallowtail Butterflies plus Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and a wide selection of orchids and rare plants. CHELMSFORD ONLY.

3-Sep-2021 Indoor Meeting

BIRDS of JAPAN – Nigel Moorhouse from ‘Sarus Bird Tours’. Japan is a diverse country of many islands stretching from the north in Hokkaido with equal latitude to Canada, to the southernmost Yaeyama Islands being similar to the Bahamas. This talk will cover a year in the life of the birds and wildlife of the Island that make up Japan including Brown Bears walking from hibernation in the Summer Hokkaido’s Red-crowned Cranes gathering to dance, while the world’s largest eagle, Steller’s Sea Eagle, comes down from the far north to haunt the harbours.  

12-Sep-2021 Field Trip

The NAZE (CO14 8LE) & HOLLAND HAVEN (CO15 5TX) – A trip to the north-east of the county starting at the Naze and around the John Weston reserve area for winter migrants such as Short-eared Owl, Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Firecrest, Brent Geese and the possibility that a rarity might be found like Yellow-browed Warbler, Ring Ouzel or Wryneck. Then on to Holland Haven Country Park during the afternoon to complete the day at this splendid part of Essex

1-Oct-2021 Indoor Meeting

FINDING WILDLIFE in EPPING FOREST – Peter Warne. In 2010 Peter wrote the first edition of his book ‘Finding Wildlife in Epping Forest’ with a second edition in 2012. On the back of this he was invited to study and monitor the wildlife of Copped Hall, a restoration project just south of Epping. Peter is also a keen photographer and as well as describing where to go, he will show us images of the wide variety of wildlife to be found in this western part of the county   

17-Oct-2021 Field Trip

BRADWELL BIRD OBSERVATORY (CM0 7PW) and DENGIE MARSH (Non coach trip) – A visit to the Dengie Coast and the area around Bradwell Bird Observatory during autumn migration where Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Harrier and many autumn migrants can be found in the scrub and bushes whilst vast numbers of waders feed out on the mudflats. The afternoon will be spent at the Bradwell Bird Observatory where we look for raptors over the saltmarsh

5-Nov-2021 Indoor Meeting

BIRDING in KAZAKHSTAN – Rob Sheldon returns to show us some of the delights of Kazakhstan. This talk will highlight all of the key habitats and species that this amazing country has to offer including Black-winged Pratincole, Black and White-winged Larks in West Kazakhstan and Pallid Harrier in Central Kazakhstan as well as the fact that it is a hugely important area for migrating and breeding birds associated with the extensive wetlands of the region

14-Nov-2021 Field Trip

THAMESIDE EWT RESERVE (SS17 0RN) and RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ)  (Non coach trip) – A return to these fabulous bird-filled reserves on the Thames estuary where the varied habitats will offer the chance to see a large selection of waders, gulls, raptors and much more. Both sites are blessed with excellent visitor centres which offer hot drinks and a selection of food in case it is cold!

3-Dec-2021 Indoor Meeting

BIRDS and WILDLIFE of GUYANA – Chris Collins. Bordered by Venezuela and Brazil, this small South American country is rarely visited by birdwatchers, despite having many birds to see. Chris has spent several months there and in this talk we will visit many of the the habitats which make Guyana such a unique destination. In the tropical forests there are antbirds, macaws as well as the majestic Harpy Eagle and on the savannahs, you will find Giant Anteaters and the highly endangered Sun Parakeet

19-Dec-2021 Field Trip

BOWERS MARSH RSPB RESERVE (SS13 2HG) – For our final trip of the year we visit this great reserve in the south of the county. Bowers Marsh is made up of dry and wet grassland, fresh and saline lagoons, intertidal habitat, saltmarsh and arable areas which in turn attracts large numbers of wildfowl and waders plus gulls, raptors and many other species

7-Jan-2022 Indoor Meeting

WILDLIFE and WILD PLACES of MENORCE – Chris Gibson. The northernmost of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is a wonderful place to experience wildlife throughout the year. A gentle island, protected throughout, it is largely unspoilt by mass tourism, and you could explore the whole island in a few days. Spring and autumn are the seasons to visit – migration times for birds moving between Africa and Europe; spring also for orchids and other wild flowers, including numerous species known from nowhere else in the world; and autumn for the ‘second spring’ of flowering bulbs and insects at their biggest and best. The talk will give you the whole story!

9-Jan-2022 Field Trip

TITCHWELL RSPB RESERVE – This well known reserve is a ‘Mecca’ for wintering species with so much to see during a winter visit, from Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter through to divers and grebes. Waders include Sanderling, Spotted Redshank and Golden Plover plus Bearded Tit, Brambling, Woodcock, Snow Bunting Water Rail, Barn Owl and Hen Harrier. A day not to be missed! CHELMSFORD ONLY

4-Feb-2022 Indoor Meeting

BIRDS of the RIVER BLACKWATER – Steve Grimwade. We welcome back Tout Guide Steve Grimwade from ‘Swallow Birding & Wildlife. This time with a local theme the River Blackwater where he has birdwatched for over 40 years. The talk will take us through the seasons and showcase the diverse selection of birdlife from divers to buntings. Highly recommended

13-Feb-2022 Field Trip

RUTLAND WATER RESERVE – Rutland Water in the Midlands holds the annual ‘Bird Fair’ in August and is home to the successful ‘Osprey Reintroduction Programme’. In winter it offers opportunities to see Red Kite, Kingfisher, Goldeneye, Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Scaup, Great White Egret and rarer divers and grebes, plus the chance of Glaucous and Caspian Gulls. On our last visit we saw American Wigeon. Admission charges apply. CHELMSFORD ONLY

4-Mar-2022 Indoor Meeting

ON the TRAIL of the CRANE – Part 2 – Ralph and Brenda Todd. Following on from their previous excellent Part 1 talk in November 2019 Ralph and Brenda will continue the Cranes migration journey through Europe

20-Mar-2022 Field Trip

WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE (SS4 2DY) (Non coach trip) – Development of this ‘Wild Essex Coast’ for wildlife is now complete and has developed into an excellent area, attracting Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Great White Egret, flocks of waders & wildfowl with Hen and Marsh Harrier.

1-Apr-2022 Indoor Meeting

QUEENSLAND – featuring BIRDS OF PARADISE & BOWERBIRDS – Bill Coster. The subtropical state of Queensland contains some of Australia’s most colourful and iconic birds, including several species of Bowerbirds. We also see two species of Birds of Paradise and a wealth of other forest bird photographs at many different locations within the state. We even make a visit to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

8-May-2022 Field Trip

CARLTON MARSHES SWT RESERVE – A first time visit to this amazing reserve on the edge of ‘The Broads’. A £4 million pound Heritage Lottery grant has enabled the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to create over 1,000 acres of pristine habitat which has encouraged species such as Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Bearded Tit and Otter plus breeding waders such as Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing. New hides and trails plus a great centre with amazing views make this a great early spring destination. STANWAY PICK-UPS AS REQUIRED

26-Jun-2022 Field Trip

LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE – A spring visit to this brilliant Fenland reserve is a delight where we can expect species such as Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler and Cuckoo plus lots more. CHELMSFORD ONLY