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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: Wild Events in Store

    Good grief its February already! No sooner have we heaved a sigh of relief that one year's events are complete, but here we go again - its time to plan for the year ahead. Our first event proved a runaway success, with demand for places on Something Wild and Wonderfowl soon outstripping capacity...
  • Blog Post: Wallathon 2012

    St Patrick's Day ( March 17) turned out to be what the Irish refer to as a 'soft' day, but it didn't deter the entrants to our Wallathon 2012! Our invitation to walk the bounds of RSPB Wallasea went out in all the local papers and on BBC Radio Essex and the enthusiasm with which this...
  • Blog Post: Island Inspiration for creative writers

    If its raining when you want to walk the dog, do as I did this morning and head for the driest part of England - Wallasea Island. Dark, forbidding clouds bore down on Southend to the south, Chelmsford to the north- west and the remote Dengie Peninsula across the river Crouch, but our seawall path was...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea starts work for 2016

    In stark contrast to the mountain bike excitement at the Hadleigh Olympic venue , Wallasea was a calm haven in the summer sunshine this weekend. However, this time of year is always tinged with a little sadness for me, as the vast crop fields are harvested and the buzz of insects and chirp of the corn...
  • Blog Post: Record numbers go wild on Wallasea

    Hot on the heels of our official VIP launch, our third annual Wild Coast Weekend drew record numbers of visitors from near and far. As Saturday dawned hot and sunny, three times the previous year's number of people explored the island on bike, bus or boot. A choice of activities kept families...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea project gets a rocket

    Some days you just have to get out in the sunshine - but not many have as good an excuse as we had today!! After the recent expert confirmation that what we had found on the marsh was actually the motor of a German V2 rocket from WWII, we had a race against time to retrieve it before the contractors...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: All things bright and beautiful

    This lovely hymn always reminds me of my time giving community talks to WI groups, back in rural areas of Northern Ireland. The warm welcome given by these lovely ladies always seemed to be followed by a rendition of the hymn, deemed most suiting to start an evening in the company of the RSPB! If...