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  • Blog Post: Wild Tuesdays in August

    Each Tuesday during August will have a different wildlife theme in our discovery zone. Tuesday 10th August: Save The Sumatran Rainforest Day at Wat Tyler Country Park 10.00am – 4pm Come along to the RSPB Discovery Zone each Tuesday during August. Every Tuesday will have a different wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Four days at Leigh

    Tuesday started with an immature male peregrine falcon , which flew towards us across the estuary. It flew straight over our heads and landed on top of the tallest block of flats behind us, fantastic. Brent goose numbers had reduced from 5,000 over the weekend to around 3,500 now, probably a result of...
  • Blog Post: New Date With Nature - Brent Goose web site

    Just to let you know that the page is live: http://www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/sites/essexcoast/
  • Blog Post: Christmas Opening Times

    The RSPB South Essex Visitor Centre will be open every day over Christmas except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. On Boxing Day and New Years Day we are running Christmas Walks to help burn off those extra calories gained over Christmas lunch. Find out more on our events...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings

    The bittern which has taken up residence on Vange Marsh, continues to be seen albeit briefly in flight over the eastern reedbed. This bird takes some patience to see, but it is well worth putting the effort in. Probably the best place to look from is the raised path to the viewing screen, here you will...
  • Blog Post: Recent happenings on the marshes!

    An immature spoonbill was still present on Vange Marsh on Tuesday, along with two little ringed plovers and seven spotted redshanks still. A kingfisher has been seen a couple of times near the first hide on West Canvey Marsh and a common buzzard drifted over north-east Monday lunchtime. Two big local...
  • Blog Post: Step Up and Rock for Nature!

    Kicking off the festival season is the eagerly anticipated Step Up Festival It’s nearly the start of summer and that can only mean one thing – it’s festival season! This brand new event taking place on Saturday 14 April in the heart of Essex will have live music, adult-friendly...
  • Blog Post: International Dawn Chorus Day - 5th May

    My alarm goes off at 4am. I desperately want to turn it off. Then suddenly I remember why it's set so early. I can already hear the twitter and chatter of birds waking up outside and I start to get excited. This morning I'm getting up and getting out to listen to one of the most amazing sounds...
  • Blog Post: Wow, it's good to be alive!

    I love this time of the year, everytime you go outside, there is something new to see or hear. I stopped briefly at a local wood on the way home from Wat Tyler, and the woodland flowers are looking great with wood anemone and bluebells now starting to appear. At Wat Tyler this week I heard my first cuckoo...
  • Blog Post: Our pre schoolers explore the world!

    This month our Little Owls group enjoyed a morning of worldwide exploration. They travelled to America to discover the Statue of Liberty, flew to Mexico where they created Aztec headdresses, crossed the Atlantic to Botswana to make tribal jewellery & music, made their way up to India following a...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Wader Watch

    Come and see the winter wonders with the RSPB at the London Gateway's new Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve. Overlooking the Thames Estuary, and located right next to one of the best sites in the country for wintering birds, visitors to this exciting new reserve will be in for quite a treat. But don't...
  • Blog Post: Buy your Christmas Cards in comfort this year!

    Join us this November for your chance to buy this years RSPB Christmas cards. Enjoy a slice of locally baked homemade cake and a hot drink as you look through a selection of seasonal RSPB goods. There will be a wide range of cards and gifts on offer with prices to suit all pockets and don’t...
  • Blog Post: Join in our Jubilee celebrations

    Bring your family, friends and a picnic, and join in the Big Lunch event taking place on Sunday, June 3 at our West Canvey Marsh reserve between 12.30 and 4pm. Free entry, although there will be a small charge for some activities and should you wish to purchase tea/coffee, ice creams or cupcakes. ...
  • Blog Post: Brent goose watch at Leigh-on-Sea

    Monday 4th – Friday 22nd October: Brent Goose Watch at Leigh-on-Sea 10am – 4pm daily (weather permitting). Come to the beautiful fishing village of Leigh-on-Sea to experience the sight and sound of some special visitors – brent geese which have flown thousands of miles from Siberia...
  • Blog Post: Interest the boy or girl in nature!

    Do you know someone who is interested in a future in conservation? Or who loves doing hands on practical work and being in the great outdoors? Or who is looking for a new idea and some work experience? If so please let them know about our exciting opportunity....Warden Days with the RSPB! Warden Days...
  • Blog Post: See the Essex coast come alive

    If you think the UK is cold in winter, try growing up in the Arctic! For us brent geese, coming to the UK in winter is definitely a 'summer' holiday! We leave our breeding grounds in the chilly North (where subzero tempertatures are standard), and head over to the UK in our family groups. And...
  • Blog Post: Looking for something to do during half term?

    Why not join us in our Discovery Zone this weekend for Feed the Birds Week to Thurdsay, October 28 followed by Halloween for Spooky Kids from Friday October 29 to Sunday, October 31? Here's what we'll be doing.
  • Blog Post: Canvey Island Wildlife Fair is nearly here!

    Canvey Island Wildlife Fair is nearly hear and we can't wait!! Come and join us and Canvey Town Council this Saturday on our reserve West Canvey Marsh for a fantastic fun filled day full of wildlife. With exhibitors from Buglife to Southend Dormouse Group to Essex Wildlife Trust, minibeast hunting...
  • Blog Post: Little Owls grow their own!

    Caterpillars and butterflies were the theme of this month’s Little Owls Club which was, as always, great fun for everyone involved. The children did a variety of craft activities, listened to the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, danced with their butterflies in the garden, and even got to...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Discovery Workshops

    The school holidays are in full swing - how will you be spending yours? If you're looking for something to do with your family come along to our Visitor Centre in Wat Tyler Park. We will have a craft table available every day and today & tomorrow we will be running 2 hour bookable Discovery Sessions...
  • Blog Post: Making Waves in South Essex

    The RSPB is making waves in South Essex … by allowing the waters of the Thames to flood an area of farmland, thus creating a brand new nature reserve. And being located right next to one of the best sites in the country for wintering birds, visitors to this exciting new reserve will be in for...
  • Blog Post: Moustached beauties of the reeds!

    Bearded tits , surely would be better named moustached tits, as the stunning males have black moustaches rather than beards. Numbers have increased locally during November. This week seven were seen at Wat Tyler Country Park, in the reeds near the new boardwalk at the southern end of the park. A pair...
  • Blog Post: White-fronted geese over Wat Tyler

    There have been some large flocks of white-fronted geese seen over the last few days in Essex. Yesterday morning, approx 60 flew over Wat Tyler Country Park from Vange Wick heading towards Bowers Marsh. Also seen were, 2 grey plover , 2 avocet and 4 dunlin in the creek while an adult winter Mediterranean...
  • Blog Post: Our Little Owls Discover Transport This Month

    Transport was the theme of Little Owls Club this month. In the photo you can see the group testing out boats that they have made in our paddling pools. The children also got to see a tractor up close, flew planes across the field, and raced cars down the slope in our Discovery Zone. Next months Little...
  • Blog Post: To spot a flycatcher!

    The end of August/beginning of September is the prime time for finding spotted flycatchers as they stop off to feed on their long journey south. Spotted flycatchers have declined by over 50% during the last 25 years and is now a species of serious conservation concern and as such is red listed. Spotted...