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Wallasea Island Wild Coast project
Conservation for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK!
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  • Blog Post: The people problem

    Imagine you have a huge house, which you feel safe and comfortable in and it has everything you need - a warm,comfortable bed, cupboards full of food, space for you to raise your family and in which to see them grow up to be strong and healthy. Then gradually this space is taken over by people. People...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Goose from afar for Wallasea Island

    Most people are thinking about birds at this time of year - but more of the cooking and eating variety! Well we haven't got turkeys on the island, but we have got geese! We are talking dark-bellied brent geese here, or if you like latin, Branta bernicla bernicla, the smallest goose in the country...
  • Blog Post: Kayak Krazy in Essex

    As friends will certify, I'm not often speechless, but we were all gobsmacked to see 70 colourful kayaks heading for the causeway on Sunday - it wasn't that we weren't expecting them, but there was more than twice as many as initially predicted! Our first Wild Coast Paddle proved a runaway...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea hoists the Blue Peter.

    As we approach Burnham Regatta Week, which takes place at the end of this month, I am brushing up on all things nautical! As our Wild Coast Project is sited on an island, we are obviously perfectly placed to get involved with those using the water around the island, just as much as those on the island...
  • Blog Post: Great White flies into Wallasea

    Many of you may have noticed the rapid spread of Little Egrets through the country in past years. I remember well, dashing off to a WWT site in Northern Ireland where the first few of these tropical-looking birds visited Strangford Lough a few years ago, and now they are to be found throughout much of...
  • Blog Post: Canoeists stop traffic in Essex...

    Were you one of those driving over the causeway to Wallasea Island last Sunday lunchtime? You may have been bemused by the sight of RSPB staff, volunteers and what looked like a paparazzi scrum on the side of the marsh and a group of canoeists hauling up at the edge of the road. Excitement built as...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea Events 2012

    As I look out of my office window, across the river to Burnham-on-Crouch, it looks like a Spring day - sun shining, grass green and a male blackbird rather hopefully chasing a female around the farmyard. Yes, the sap is rising unseasonable early and signs of a new season are all around us! With this...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea's welcome grows wider - access for all

    Access for all is something very dear to our hearts here on Wallasea Island, so it has been a constant bugbear, and not a little embarrassing, to admit to our shortfallings with regards disabled access. Our kissing gate access from the carpark has been for pedestrians only, so wheelchair users and children...
  • Blog Post: Moffs and flutterbyes - recent sightings

    Have you noticed how many butterflies are about at the moment? The good weather may be bad news for the local farmers , but our butterfly and moth population seems to be relishing the sunshine Every weekend we seem to come back from our stroll round the island edges to look up yet another creature, or...
  • Blog Post: SEOs, Mipits and Barwits

    Every industry has its own jargon and acronyms and anyone working for the RSPB soon discovers the bird version. Having recently been immersed in web design meetings, I might be forgiven for confusion at reports of record numbers of SEOs on Wallasea ( Short-eared owls not Search Engine Optimisers) and...
  • Blog Post: Duckling Days on Wallasea

    Some days you really need an aaahhh moment - and my thanks go to the Wallasea Birder for providing just that yesterday afternoon. This lovely picture of pochard ducklings with their mum, happily smiling for the camera on the Wild Coast yesterday, are one of several broods enjoying the peace , tranquillity...
  • Blog Post: McDonald's Big McClean up on Wallasea

    Wallasea is becoming known for its unusual partnerships and this week saw a new one develop. No golden arches have sprung up on the island, but thanks to our friends in Rochford Council, a team of young staff from McDonalds spent an afternoon on site. The teams from four McDonalds' branches in...
  • Blog Post: Farmland Birds Feast

    If you saw me wading around with my camera,in a field of weeds on Wallasea this morning, be assured that I hadn't finally lost the last of my marbles! That large, untidy, and rather wild bit of land that you pass on the way to our car park is actually a very important place - our 'wild bird cover'...
  • Blog Post: Cranes arrive on Wallasea!

    This week the Wild Coast project has cranked into action, with the arrival of Crossrail's appointed contractors Bam Nuttall.Bam Nuttall were awarded the contract to construct an unloading facility on Wallasea Island so that excavated material from the Crossrail tunnels in central London will be transported...
  • Blog Post: Autumn migrants on the move.

    This week I'm very grateful to guest blogger Jeff Delve, aka The Wallasea Birder, for this informative blog: It is Autumn again! I know, you are thinking that we haven’t really got into summer yet but for birdwatchers it is autumn. You see in spring our wintering birds migrate north to...
  • Blog Post: Wild Weekend and World War memories

    Hundreds of people discovered the Wild Coast of Wallasea Island for the first time this weekend. Families arrived with granny and the dog and the children ran free or went on a safari to the Far East! Despite poor weather forecasts, the driest part of England lived up to its reputation and visitors were...
  • Blog Post: People Perches from pallets, plastic and polystyrene

    This weekend saw the Wombles of Wallasea change their costumes and morph into candidates for Vision ON or SMart, - depending on your age bracket. Having cleared up rather a lot of 'junk' from the island shores two weeks ago, the recyclers were out in force again to put it to good use. The sun...
  • Blog Post: Water, water everywhere...

    There seemed to be a watery theme to last weekend... Firstly, we had flood warnings and high tides along the Essex coast. While Working on wallasea island one forgets that it's an island sometimes, as the causeway is not covered regularly. Then out of the blue, along comes a high tide to remind you...
  • Blog Post: Balloons - friend or foe?

    Lots of people love balloons - especially children of all ages! Their bright colours and shiny surfaces are attractive to many and they can be a great way of adding fun to an event or a party game. At seaside resorts such as our neighbouring Southend-on-Sea, or Clacton further north, huge clouds of foil...
  • Blog Post: Pontoon Floats In

    At last! A window in the awful weather allowed the contractors to tug the first half of our unloading facility pontoon into place this morning. It was a bit of a foggy, 'soft' morning fo photos but it was great to see the dark shape coming up the River Crouch out of the mists. Two 76 metre...
  • Blog Post: Dogs - man's best friend or wardens nightmare?

    Walking the dog is a pastime that not only gets many of us out of doors daily, but keeps us fit and allows us to indulge in a spot of 'bad birdwatching'and general nature-watching. Research has shown that this also helps to keep a lot of us mentally healthy - though I can't speak for myself...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea Island Wild Coast Weekend 2012: Come and see what all the fuss is about.

    With the new Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, officially launching the construction of Wallasea Island yesterday, we are now inviting members of the public and the local community to come and celebrate. The Wild Coast Weekend takes place on the 22 and 23 September and is totally free! For the...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea-Henge emerges from the marsh

    For a long time now we've been waiting for some visible evidence of construction on our island. Not something most people would hanker after, I guess, but for us it means that 'Europe's largest intertidal habitat creation project' is finally underway! So it is with glee that I can now...
  • Blog Post: Thunderbirds are go!

    Any of you who have been watching the Wild Coast Project for a while, may by now be wondering when something BIG is really going to happen - and who can blame you , as it's been talked about for around ten years so far!! So today, as the sun is shining and corn buntings appear to have decided it's...
  • Blog Post: Mountain Climbing - in Essex?

    So you thought our end of Essex was flat and featureless? Well, last saturday we invited visitors to walk, climb or bus their way round the Wild Coast project site and those with a head for heights could get a birds' eye view from the top of the climbing wall! Thankfully, the weather gods were...