October, 2011

South Essex

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

South Essex

  • Youth Nature Officer Update

    The marketing designers have been hard at work this week designing a Halloween display for the Visitor Centre so why not come down and see the spooky display. There are creepy cobwebs, scary pumpkins and much more spooky stuff for you to come and discover!

    We are happy to announce that warden week is now underway all of this week with our wardens and the young people involved will be getting stuck in out on our marshes!

    The fundraisers have also been hard at work organising a curry night which will be on the 22nd of November at the Maharaja in Benfleet, These are the only details that have been confirmed but check back for more details next weekend. It should be a great night and good fun for everyone!

    Don’t forget that Halloween is fast approaching and we are hosting a range of events throughout the week such as making your own witches hat and other craft activities. So make sure you pop in and get involved in all of these spooky activities!

     Remember to keep checking back for your weekly Youth Nature Officer Update.

  • Our Little Owls Discover Transport This Month

    Transport was the theme of Little Owls Club this month. In the photo you can see the group testing out boats that they have made in our paddling pools. The children also got to see a tractor up close, flew planes across the field, and raced cars down the slope in our Discovery Zone. Next months Little Owls Club is on 9th November 10am-12pm, for more information contact hannah.chisholm@rspb.org.uk.

  • Calling all teenagers - get muddy with the RSPB!


    Calling all 16-19 year old wanabee wildlife wardens. The RSPB South Essex are offering a whole weeks worth of hands on experience alongside our expert ecologists.

    From October Monday 24 – Friday 28 we will be giving nine young people a unique experience of managing habitats, scrub clearing, performing surveys and generally getting stuck in helping to protect local wildlife.

    Hanna Chisholm, Education Officer says, “Warden Week is a great opportunity for any young person considering a career with wildlife or conservation. Even if you just like the idea of working with your hands, being outside or using practical skills – working as a warden could be for you!“

    We're not just about birds, the RSPB is the UK’s largest conservation charity, helping protect lots of different wildlife and life as one of its wardens can be varied and challenging. Working in all weathers, wardens create and maintain habitats for all different kinds of wildlife, as well as leading volunteer groups and

    As Steve Roach, South Essex Assistant Warden explains, “The beautiful thing about being a warden is one day your surveying wildlife, the next your building a fence or digging in new habitats or checking water levels – no two days are the same, your learning constantly on the job.

    “You also work alongside volunteers and get to meet lots of different people or sometimes you just find yourself alone in the middle of some beautiful countryside. People have this preconception of wardens as old, bearded blokes with binoculars but that’s just not the case. I loved working outside and being practical and then got into conservation from there. I love every minute of it. “

    The warden experience will run each day from 9am – 4pm and all participants will be expected to attend every day. The RSPB will provide tools and transfers but participants will be expected to bring their own lunch and be able to travel to Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon each day for 9am.

    All placEs are now open and will go on a first come first served basis. For more information or to secure your place call 01268 498623 or email hannah.chisholm@rspb.org.uk.