This week we said a fond farewell to our Education Officer or more recently our Visitor Services Manager Hannah Chisholm. Hannah has been with us in South Essex since 2010 has made a massive impact to all our work here. She started her journey with us as a Seasonal Education Officer, running the much loved preschool group RSPB Little Owls, looking after visiting schools and running holiday activities and has gone on to cover our Education Manager whilst she was on her maternity leave and then more recently she stepped up to the role of Visitor Services Manager.
Some of her great successes include setting up the RSPB Little Owls, running the Youth Nature Officer Project, supporting Warden Days and helping to run big events like our Open Air Cinema. She has been instrumental in all the work we do here for families and children and we are all going to miss her hard working and fun 'can do' attitude. We all think she is a superstar!!!
Thankfully, she isn't leaving the RSPB. In January 2013, she will be heading out to Sierra Leone to volunteer for six months on an education and community engagement project alongside the Gola Rainforest National Park. If you want to keep posted on what she's getting up to you can follow her on Twitter @HannahRSPB
We go si bak (farewell) Hannah and Good Luck :-) Sierra Leone are luck to have you!!
Hannah's leaving has left a vacancy in the team. If you think you can fill her very big boots and are up for a challenge then take a look at http://www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies/details/336503-visitor-services-manager We're looking for someone fun and enthusiastic with a passion for wildlife and people.
The RSPB South Essex Visitor Centre will be open every day over Christmas except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
On Boxing Day and New Years Day we are running Christmas Walks to help burn off those extra calories gained over Christmas lunch. Find out more on our events page http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/southessexmarshes/events.aspx
Come and see the winter wonders with the RSPB at the London Gateway's new Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve. Overlooking the Thames Estuary, and located right next to one of the best sites in the country for wintering birds, visitors to this exciting new reserve will be in for quite a treat. But don't just take our word for it: come and see for yourself on our Wonderful Wader Watch, where our experts will help you to identify a fascinating array of birds on the mudflats.
Photo - Redshank copyright DP World
Comprising 35 hectares of mudflats, scrubland and grassland, and complete with ponds and nature trails, the reserve willl play host to some of the 65,000 waders and wildfowl that frequesnt the nearby Mucking Flats, including colourful Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal; graceful Acovets and Black-tailed Godwits; whirling flocks of dainty Dunlin; plus also Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers and the very aptly-named Redshank.
Visitors can also learn about the intriguing history of the site, which dates all the way back to the Iron Age. And let's not forget the panoramic Views of the Thames Estuary itself.
So come and learn about this exciting new reserve and its amazing wildlife at our Wonderful Wader Watch - Saturday 15 December. Experts will be on site from 11am until 2pm so drop in any time.
There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome.
Meeting place: We will meet on the sea wall at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, at the end of Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. Access: from the A1013 Stanford Road, turn into London Road, and at the roundabout take the fourth exit onto Wharf Road. After passing under the railway bridge, take the second turning right and follow to the end.
Call us on 01268 498620 for more information.