August, 2011

South Essex

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

South Essex

  • West Canvey Marsh pulls them in!

    Last week on our new reserve on Canvey Island, the muddy edges of the reservoir attracted not one but three wood sandpipers along with 18 green and 7 common sandpipers. A supporting cast of black-tailed godwits, spotted redshank and ruff provided quite a selection of wading birds. Two whinchats were seen on the fence near the the redhill, while an immature redstart proved elusive along Pantile Way. Upto 12 yellow wagtails have been feeding amongst the cattle on insects and bugs disturbed by their hooves.

    Thanks to Russ Sherriff for the above images of a wood sandpiper with a mallard and the whinchat.

  • Hello to our Youth Nature Officers!


    My name is Brennan Briggs. I am one of the RSPB’s Youth Nature Officers, based at South Essex Marshes.

    We are a group of 5 teenagers who are employed to engage more young people with the work of the RSPB.  

    This year the Youth Nature Officers have several different roles, this is to ensure a wide range of different activities are available for young people. 

    Zoe and Jasmine work as Fundraisers. Their role is to think of new ways young people can get involved to raise money for the RSPB, such as quiz nights, sponsored walks and curry nights.

    I work as an Assistant Warden, arranging warden experience days to give young people an insight into the role of an RSPB Warden.

    Millie and Joseph work as Marketing Designers. Their role is to create displays and interactive tools to make sure people have a great time on their visit to a RSPB Essex reserve.

    We all have loads of ideas such as music concerts, trails for Vange Marsh, Halloween activities, an ant farm display and loads more - so keep an eye out for us and our up and coming events.

    That’s it for now. Our next blog will be up soon.




  • Rare visitor drops in to Wat Tyler Country Park

    Yesterday an osprey was first seen circling low over the RSPB visitor centre at midday, before spending early afternoon sat on a post in the freshwater fleet. Visitors and staff were treated to stunning views, as this rare visitor to the park posed for photographs.

    Thanks to Neil Philips for the excellent image. You can see more of Neil's images here