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  • Blog Post: The first wader chicks of the year have started to appear...

    The first wader chicks of the year have started to appear, on Pitsea Scrape avocet and lapwing chicks can now be seen out on the islands, very cute indeed! Also keep a look out for marsh harrier and cuckoo, they can regularly be seen flying over the scrape. Avocet on nest with chick - Uncredited...
  • 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: An Islandic black-tailed godwit tracked!

    The importance of bird-ringing, we have known for a long time that many of our black-tailed godwits in the Greater Thames Estuary originate from Iceland. One such bird was seen in the creek, here at Wat Tyler on March 1st this year. The bird was rung 'RW-GO' and from that ring the following information...
  • 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: New Year, New You?

    Do you need a new challenge for the New Year? Do you want to learn something new or meet new people. Volunteering with the RSPB could be just the thing. Is your thing being outdoors, getting muddy and working up a sweat? Then our Thursday Work Party could be just the thing. Each Thursday our Wardens...
  • Blog Post: Spring is finally here!!

    Yesterday marked our first sighting of a Swallow on one of our South Essex Marshes reserves. It was spotted on West Canvey Marsh by one of our volunteers, much to the upset of the others that were with him and managed to miss it!! We've had some frog spawn spotted in our wildlife pond at Wat Tyler...
  • Blog Post: Spring has Sprung across the South Essex Marshes

    Spring has well and truly sprung across our reserves with lots of wildlife to see and hear. As the summer migrants arrive, the reedbed at Vange Marsh is starting to come alive with Reed warblers, while Swallows, Sand martins and House martins all swoop over the main lagoon catching insects. Reed...
  • Blog Post: Skipper Challenge

    You can find them right across South Essex Marshes. They look like tiny orange moths fluttering in and out of the grass but they are in fact energetic and fiercely territorial butterflies with attitude. Hopefully this little guide will help you out! Thanks to Howard Vaughan for this excellent image...
  • Blog Post: We thought the Winter was never going to end!

    We thought the Winter was never going to end!...However, we are a ‘glass half full’ type of team at the South Essex Marshes and there has been an upside to all the cold wet weather this winter; it has allowed us for the first time to achieve maximum water levels across much of the Marshes...