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May, 2012

South Essex

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

South Essex

  • Join in our Jubilee celebrations


    Bring your family, friends and a picnic, and join in the Big Lunch event taking place on Sunday, June 3 at our West Canvey Marsh reserve between 12.30 and 4pm. Free entry, although there will be a small charge for some activities and should you wish to purchase tea/coffee, ice creams or cupcakes.

    Toilets will be available on the day.

    Plenty of car parking.




  • Last chance to see!

    Our blue tits are growing fast and will probably fledge this week. You can see them live in glorious colour on CCTV in our visitor centre at Wat Tyler Country Park.
  • You create wetlands, you get cracking wading birds!

    It’s been an exciting couple of weeks on the South Essex Marshes; last weekend saw brief visits from a Glossy Ibis and a Great White Egret, both seen from the hide overlooking Pitsea Scrape. Visitors to the hide have also been rewarded with great views of Marsh Harrier quartering over the reedbed, and good numbers of Avocet on the scrape. Across our other reserves, highlights have included Whimbrel and Cuckoo at West Canvey Marshes, and at Vange Marsh a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen flying over. These colourful exotic birds now have an expanding feral population after escaping from collections in London.

    On sunny days, West Canvey Marshes is a great place to see reptiles, Common Lizard, Slow-worm and Adder have all been seen recently basking in the sunshine. The warm weather is also great for seeing butterflies, so why not make the most of the next sunny day and get out to visit one of our reserves.

    Thanks to Steve Arlow for the above images of the glossy ibis and great white egret.