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  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a Home in the South Essex Wildlife Garden - September/October 2013

    Reasonable weather for much of this period kept some of our summer visitors hanging around and we still had Chiffchaff and Blackcap in the garden well into October. Goldfinches have started feeding on the Teasel heads in front of the Visitor Centre window giving good views. Butterflies were also active...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from the marshes

    Highlights from the South Essex Marshes yesterday. West Canvey Marsh 2 black-necked grebes , pair found on the fleet reservoir during the morninig 1 cuckoo 2 mediterranean gulls Pitsea scrape (Wat Tyler Country Park) 32 black-tailed godwits 2 cetti's warblers Vange Marsh 1 grasshopper warbler...
  • 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: 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: Ah Grasshopper!

    A grasshopper warbler this afternoon 'reeling' in the north east corner of Vange Marsh . At Wat Tyler Country Park the first swift of the year was seen over the visitor centre along with 3 house martins and a male cuckoo continues to call near Holly Cottage hide. Our blue tits laid their seventh...
  • Blog Post: Are you “on the sea’s side”?

    These Little Owls are! Eleven under 5s came along to a very “fishy” RSPB Discovery Zone today to find out more about the seaside and sealife though a varied and action packed programme of crafts, an outdoor trail, games, songs, a break for refreshments, more craft, more songs, more games...
  • Blog Post: Summer migrants continue to arrive

    Vange Marsh not one but now two grasshopper warblers, 1 'reeling' on the county tip and the other in the eastern end reedbeds. Wat Tyler Country Park a hobby circling over our visitor centre early afternoon is our first returnee.
  • Blog Post: Give Nature a Home in your back garden

    In case you’ve missed it the RSPB are asking everyone to get involved and build nature a home where you live. Here in South Essex we are lucky enough to have an amazing team of wildlife volunteers who have built some fantastic homes for wildlife in the RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden. We have...
  • 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: Bird Ringing in Basildon

    This Saturday the RSPB South Essex Phoenix group spent some time with Basildon Bird Ringing Group. They learnt why bird ringing is so important and how it can help us find out about bird migration patterns, breeding success and population trends. They got close ups of some fabulous species, such as Cetti’s...