March, 2011

South Essex

South Essex
A landscape of wetlands and marshes nestled along the Thames Estuary.

South Essex

  • First swallows arrive back in the park

    On Tuesday our first swallows arrived back at Wat Tyler Country Park. Three of them were seen on the telephone wires near the RSPB reserves office (white cottages).

     Thanks to Neil Phillips for providing these excellent images.

  • Guided walks this week

    Monday 28th March: Walk for health 12.30 pm - 1 pm
    Get fit with a bracing lunchtime walk around Wat Tyler Park. A regular brisk 30-minute walk to improve your fitness in peaceful surroundings. Free event no need to book. Location: RSPB Visitor Centre, Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon SS16 4UH

    Tuesday 29th March: Holehaven Creek Walk and Pub Lunch, Holehaven Creek, Canvey 10.30am – 12.30pm
    A guided walk to see birds and wildlife along Holehaven Creek, combined with the option of popping into the Lobster Smack Inn for a drink or bite to eat. Perfect for a chilly day! Booking essential call 01268 498627. Cost: Walk only £3 adults, £1.50 children, RSPB members receive a £1 discount. Location: meet by the car park near the Lobster Smack pub, at the end of Haven Road, which is south of the Canvey Road

    Thursday 31st March: Wildlife Walk 10.30am – 12.30pm
    Come for a free guided walk each Thursday around Wat Tyler Park, discover the wildlife of the park and see the changes that each season brings. Free event, no need to book. Location: RSPB Visitor Centre, Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon SS16 4UH

    Saturday 02 April: RSPB West Canvey Marsh Guided Walk 10.00am – 12.00 noon Join one of our wardens for a walk around the marsh.
    Early April and our first returning summer migrants arrive and with some of our wintering birds still here, there will be plenty to see! Booking essential call 01268 498627. Cost: Walk only £3 adults, £1.50 children, RSPB members receive a £1 discount. Location: meet in the reserve car park.

    If you would like to have regular updates sent to your email address, send an email to alan.shearman@rspb.org.uk and ask to join.

  • Sunshine produces a mini raptor fest...

     Clear blue skies and warm sunshine over the weekend, triggers a movement of birds of prey. Over Vange Wick viewable from Wat Tyler Country Park on Saturday lunchtime two different common buzzards and a peregrine falcon showed well, while on Sunday a peregrine falcon and a marsh harrier were seen. Thanks to Steve Arlow for the images below taken on Saturday.