Latest Sightings

The EBwS website has been used for many years to record the sightings throughout the county and during that time over 15,000 visits and 90,000 records have been submitted. This information has been of great value for the compilation of the Essex Bird Report but it has also meant that there is an up to date record of what is being seen throughout out the county which is for the benefit of everyone. The information recorded on this website is exactly as provided by observers, although in a small number of cases records of sensitive breeding birds will not be disclosed.

Date: 20 Aug
Location Highlights
Friday Wood 1 Spotted Flycatcher
Colne Pt 2 Grey Partridge
Naze, The 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher
Date: 19 Aug
Location Highlights
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

Submission of Records

Whether via the website or by other means the society encourages the submission of all records of observations as these form the backbone of the Essex Bird Report which is published annually. Clearly the more that are submitted, the more accurate a picture the Report will give of each birding year.

Depending on the species more detailed descriptions may be required in order to be accepted as a record for the Bird Report and to this end the society has drawn up guidelines (see Essex Bird List) for what information is required for each of these species. These requirements are reviewed and updated annually to ensure they take into account the decline or increase in any particular species.

For any species that is considered sufficiently rare the any records will either be need to be reviewed by  British Rarities Committee (BBRC) if it has national significance or by the Society's own identification panel (EBWSIP) for locally rare species. The Essex Bird List identifies which panel, if any, is appropriate for each species. Please note that there are very specific requirements for submission of some records. Many records get rejected - not because the sighting was necessarily invalid but because the supporting documentation was not sufficient to convince the panel beyond any doubt of its authenticity. The following link provides an example form of the type of information that should be provided when submitting a record of species where full descriptions are required.


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